Promoting Math Learning in Preschoolers

Supervising Faculty: Melissa Libertus, Ph.D. 

Contact: Melissa Libertus, Ph.D.,  

Description of Research: How does early knowledge about numbers help children learn math? What are the reasons for individual differences in children’s understanding of numbers and math, and how can we promote math learning in young children? We study numerical cognition and the development of math abilities in preschoolers with the goal of understanding how basic skills including language, number sense, and self-regulation help children to learn from their teachers and parents both in the classroom as well as at home.

Duties of Students: Helping to recruit and schedule participants, create and prepare assessments, collect and code data, enter data into SPSS or Excel, and maintain paper and computer-based records. Research activities take place on campus or in preschool classrooms and centers in Westmoreland county.

Additional Requirements:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 12 credits of Psychology (including current term)
  • STAT 0200/1000/1100 Statistics
  • PSY 0036 Research Methods Lecture
  • PSY 0037 Research Methods Lab
  • Must be able to obtain PA Act 33/34 clearance and FBI clearance.
  • Comfortable with young children, preschool teachers, and parents.
  • Willing to learn new skills.
  • Able to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to provide transportation to preschool classrooms and centers in Westmoreland county (mileage will be reimbursed).
  • Availability for weekday morning data collection.
  • Dependability, professionalism, excellent organizational skills, and close attention to detail.

Application Instructions: To apply, send this application along with an unofficial copy of your transcript to Dr. Libertus.

Terms offered: fall, spring, and summer

Number of Students: varies