EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH develops and tests strategies for educators. Examples are the ClassWide Peer Tutoring programs, the second language teaching project, the student self-management and behavior support programs, and the transition project from preschool to early elementary classrooms. Special projects help teachers work with students who are learning English as a second language or who have autism, behavior disorders, or other academic risk factors. Other projects for administrators and teachers focus on incorporating multicultural education into their curricula.
EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH identifies factors that place children at risk for adverse outcomes such as unresponsive parenting, poor interactions with teachers, low quality childcare environments, limited opportunities to learn, and violence in homes and neighborhoods. Strategies are developed in partnerships with teachers, parents, and childcare providers to prevent poor outcomes and to intervene when they occur. Evidence-based practices have been developed and are available in the areas of improving children's transitions into school, early language development, monitoring children's growth across developmental areas, and assessing children's early environments and interactions with parents and other caregivers.
TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH develops applications for computers and other information technologies, to be used as teaching strategies and assessment tools in educational research and practice. JGCP investigators have developed software supporting teachers' use of the ClassWide Peer Tutoring Program. JGCP investigators conduct research on the educational uses of television including children's literacy programming and video captioning. JGCP investigators develop computer-assisted observational measurement instruments for use in parenting and instructional intervention research. These instruments link interventions to improved developmental and educational outcomes for children.
POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING The Post-Doctoral Leadership Program provides research training focusing on effective instructional interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse students with and without disabilities in urban school and home settings. The purpose of this project is to reduce the shortage of both minority and non-minority research leaders in special education. Post-Doctoral Associates are recruited nationwide to work and learn in the JGCP community.