Education 2011


INTRODUCTION—Although you may have forgotten your earliest experiences before school, they continue to affect many aspects of your life, perhaps your comfort with math or even the size of your paycheck. Early childhood education research is focused on understanding these impacts, both near- and long-term. A special section of the 19 August 2011 Science details what is known about these processes and programs, and what remains to be explored. read free full introduction >>.

From Science

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Getting Education Right

In this special section, we review new research on early childhood education.


Past Successes Shape effort to Expand Early Intervention

Three longitudinal studies have demonstrated the lasting value of high-quality early education. So why isn't it offered to all children who need it?

Giving Children a Head Start Is Possible - But It's Not Easy

Begun in 1965, the U.S. Head Start program is still trying to find the best way to prepare poor children for school.

A Passion for Early Education

Joan Lombardi brings experience and energy to the Obama Administration's efforts to better coordinate federal children's health and education programs.
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Protecting Brains, Not Simply Stimulating Minds

The impacts of even the best preschool curricula are likely to be limited by toxic social stress on the developing brain.

Interventions Shown to Aid Executive Function Development in Children 4 to 12 Years Old

Preschool can improve the abilities to pay attention, follow directions, and function in a group—skills that underlie future success in school and life.

Teachers' Language Practices and Academic Outcomes of Preschool Children

A teacher's ability to support language and conceptual knowledge can foster early language skills, providing a foundation for later literacy.

Early Childhood Mathematics Intervention

Though young children have the capacity to learn mathematics, many lack opportunities, so there is much to gain and little to lose from early math interventions.

Educational Interventions to Advance Children's Scientific Thinking

Cognitive research has advanced understanding of children's scientific thinking, which informs how to teach science from preschool to middle school.

Effectiveness of Early Educational Intervention

Decades-long studies show that early education can produce a range of effects lasting well into adulthood, but the quality and context of the programs are critical.

From Science to Policy in Early Childhood Education

Some practices and situations are better than others when it comes to influencing public policy with early childhood education research.

From Science Careers

Translational Research in Early Childhood Education

Two researchers combine neuroscience and education to discover interventions for children with learning difficulties. FREE ACCESS

Also of Interest...

Special Online Collection

Science, Language, and Literacy

In the 23 April 2010 issue, Science highlighted the importance of reading, writing, and arguing skills for both learning and teaching science.
Special Online Collection

Education & Technology

In the 2 January 2009 issue, Science examined how education is changing in the face of technology.

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Book Reviews
The following resources were recommended by authors of Science's special section on early childhood education: