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Video available for MAP Academy presentation featuring Ray Reichenberg

Ray Reichenberg, MAP Academy research assistant professor, led the first Spring 2021 Methodology Applications Series presentation Feb. 5.

Ray Reichenberg, research assistant professor at the Nebraska Academy of Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics, led the first presentation of the Spring 2021 Methodology Applications Series Feb. 5.

Video is now available of his presentation, “Modern Psychometric Approaches for Diagnostic Assessment. Full Article

Study explores how early language skills predict kindergarten readiness, later reading outcomes

A collaborative, multi-institution project is exploring how prekindergarten children’s early language gains predict their kindergarten readiness and later reading outcomes. Learn more in the CYFS Research Network.

Early language development is considered crucial for children’s school readiness and, ultimately, their reading success. But there are gaps in understanding how to best support children’s language skills during the preschool years, before they enter formal schooling. Full Article

NAECR Knowledge/Networking event examines research partnerships during pandemic

Because most in-person collaboration has been put on hold during the pandemic, innovative methods are being developed to initiate and maintain research partnerships.

The second combined NAECR Knowledge/Networking event of the fall explored how early childhood researchers have adjusted ways they initiate, maintain and address research partnerships in the time of COVID-19.

The Nov. 4 virtual conversation focused on how research relationships and collaboration have evolved in recent months during the pandemic — and some of the innovative ways they have overcome obstacles to forge ahead with their work. Full Article

NAECR Knowledge/Networking event explores creative data collection during pandemic

In the age of COVID-19, researchers face new data collection challenges — including how to safely conduct home observations.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began last spring, early childhood researchers have faced new challenges in their work — including how to effectively gather data in the age of social distancing and remote learning.

The first of two combined NAECR Knowledge/Networking events of the fall semester explored creative data collection methods to consider when working with children, families and early childhood practitioners during the pandemic. Full Article

Video available for MAP Academy presentation featuring Kejin Lee

Kejin Lee, MAP Academy research assistant professor, led the first Fall 2020 Methodology Applications Series presentation Sept. 11.

Kejin Lee, research assistant professor at the Nebraska Academy of Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics, led the first presentation of the Fall 2020 Methodology Applications Series Sept. 11.

Video is now available of her presentation, “Measuring Time-to-Event: Introduction to Survival Analysis.” Full Article

Building a strong foundation for cross-campus collaboration on executive function research

Members of the executive function collaboration infrastructure team include, from left, Jolene Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Carrie Clark, Kimia Akhavein, Anne Schutte, Jenna Finch, Danae Dinkel, Amanda Witte, Irina Patwardhan, Philip Lai and Marc Goodrich. Learn more in the CYFS Research Network.

Construction is underway on the foundation of a collaborative network of Nebraska researchers who are pooling their talent and resources to expand early childhood executive function research.

Carrie Clark, associate professor of educational psychology, and Jenna Finch, assistant professor of psychology, are leading the effort, thanks to funding from a University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Planning Grant. The initiative is designed to foster cross-campus research collaboration. Full Article

New tool uses cultural lens to evaluate young children’s development in Brazil

Denise Ruschel Bandeira, professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, right, shares findings from the Dimensional Inventory for Child Development Assessment (IDADI) pilot impact project.
Denise Ruschel Bandeira, professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, right, shares findings from the Dimensional Inventory for Child Development Assessment (IDADI) pilot impact project. See gallery.

The prevalence of children with developmental delays worldwide is estimated to be up to 18 percent. However, fewer than one-third of these children are identified by their health care provider. This is significant because children whose delays are not addressed early on are at risk for adverse outcomes, including emotional, behavioral and health problems later in life. Full Article