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Survey: Parents Want to Help Young Children Learn Science

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Shelley Pasnik, vice president at EDC and co-primary investigator of the Ready To Learn (RTL) project, has published an article describing a groundbreaking RTL study in the Washington Post "Answer Sheet" blog. In the article, "Survey: Parents Want to Help Kids Learn Science—but many have no Idea how," Pasnik summarizes some of the major findings from this new research.

The study began with an unprecedented survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,400 parents to determine their ideas and practices around helping their children (ages 3–6) learn, especially in regard to science. The researchers then followed up with a qualitative study focused on low-income families. The results have been published in the new report, What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science.

The study was carried out by researchers from EDC's Center for Children and Technology and colleagues at SRI International, and was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education's Ready To Learn Initiative, led by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

To read the Washington Post coverage, click here.
For more information, including the full study report, click here.