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Gold Zachary S., Elicker James, Kellerman Ashleigh M., Christ Sharon L., Mishra Aura, Howe Nina, January, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research Findings: Engineering play is a new framework for understanding constructive block building as a design process. The current study examined associations between engineering play with wooden unit blocks and mathematics and spatial skills of…
Finders Jennifer K., Budrevich Adassa, Duncan Robert J., Purpura David J., Elicker James, Schmitt Sara A., January - December 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is a widely administered measure of classroom quality that assesses teacher-child interactions in the domains of Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. We use data…

Duncan Robert J., King Yemimah A., Finders Jennifer K., Elicker James, Schmitt Sara A., Purpura David J., June, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The number of adult words children hear and conversational turns they experience are key aspects of their language environments. The current study examined variability in language environments throughout 2 prekindergarten days and variability within…
Gold Zachary S., Elicker James, Beaulieu Barbara A., May 2020
Other
Peer Reviewed

Young children often engage in engineering-based design to solve problems—as in the example in the opening vignette—through their language and social behavior during constructive play. However, children (and teachers) often do not know they are…

Elicker James, Lane Sara, Gold Zachary S., Mishra Aura, Christ Sharon L., March, 2018
Reports & Papers
In 2012 Purdue was awarded a contract to continue evaluation of the now fully-implemented PTQ system. The Phase 2 evaluation was conducted within a contract period of October 1, 2012-September 30, 2018. This report summarizes the methods and results…
Chazan-Cohen Rachel, Zaslow Martha, Raikes Helen, Elicker James, Paulsell Diane, Dean Allyson, Kriener-Althen Kerry, March, 2017
Other

This brief is an effort to explore the meaning of the word "curriculum" when applied to working with infants and toddlers. The idea for the brief emerged from the early childhood community--specifically two groups of applied researchers funded by…

Choi Ji Young, Elicker James, Christ Sharon L., Dobbs-Oates Jennifer, Q3 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between children's academic and social-emotional skill levels at entry into Head Start (HS) and their subsequent academic growth through HS and into kindergarten. We first examined HS…
Ruprecht Karen, Elicker James, Choi Ji Young, February, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Continuity of care is a recommended practice in child care intended to promote secure and supportive relationships between infants and toddlers and their caregivers. Toddlers (N = 115) between 12 and 24 months were observed in 30 continuity and 29…
Lahti Michel, Elicker James, Zellman Gail L., Fiene Richard, Q1 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
In recent years, child care quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) have become an increasingly popular policy tool to improve quality in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings and have been adopted in many localities and states.…
Lewsader Joellen, Elicker James, November, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Multiple types of child care are exempt from government licensure or regulation in the United States, yet previous research has shown that stricter adherence to regulatory standards predicts higher quality programs. This study compares global child…
Ruprecht Karen, Langill Carolyn Clawson, Elicker James, Anderson Treshawn, September, 2013
Reports & Papers
A study of child care providers' views of Paths to QUALITY, Indiana's child care quality rating and improvement system, including their reasons for joining, feelings about advancement in the system, and beliefs about its impact, based on focus…
Langill Carolyn Clawson, Elicker James, Ruprecht Karen, September, 2013
Other
The purpose of this technical report is to provide a detailed overview of the research design, procedures, and measures that will be used in the new Phase 2 evaluation of Indiana Paths to QUALITY. (author abstract)
Kwon Kyong-Ah, Bingham Gary E., Lewsader Joellen, Jeon Hyun-Joo, Elicker James, June, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Background: Little empirical research examines relations among the quality of both mothers' and fathers' social emotional and linguistic support of toddlers across multiple parent-child interaction contexts. Objective The current study investigated…
Elicker James, Wen Xiaoli, Kwon Kyong-Ah, Sprague Jill B., May, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research Findings: Interpersonal relationships among staff caregivers, parents, and children have been recommended as essential aspects of early childhood intervention. This study explored the associations of these relationships with program…
Elicker James, Ruprecht Karen, Langill Carolyn Clawson, Lewsader Joellen, Anderson Treshawn, Brizzi Melanie, January, 2013
Other
Peer Reviewed
An exploration of the development of the evaluation of Paths to QUALITY, Indiana's statewide child care quality rating and improvement system