Dr. Lori Skibbe and Dr. Claire Vallotton Among the Authors of "The Top 25 Hottest Articles" For Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Dr. Lori Skibbe and Dr. Claire Vallotton have been recognized as among the authors of "The Top 25 Hottest Articles" for the Early Childhood Research Quarterly. The listed articles span the years from 2000 to 2011.
Dr. Lori Skibbe's work, Schooling effects on preschoolers self-regulation, early literacy, and language growth was published in January 2011 (Skibbe, L.E., Connor, C.M., Morrison, F.J., & Jewkes, A.M. 2011. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26(1), 42-49). Dr. Skibbe's research focused on the influence of the amount of schooling during children's first and second years of preschool for children of the same age. The results suggest that the first and second years of preschool are both systematically associated with decoding and letter knowledge gains, and the effects are cumulative (two years predicted greater gains overall than did one year of preschool). Children's chronological age, and not whether they experienced one versus two years of preschool, predicted children's vocabulary and self-regulation outcomes.
Dr. Claire Vallotton's work, Use your words: The role of language in the development of toddlers' self-regulation, was published in 2009 (Vallotton, C. & Ayoub, C. 2009. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26(2), 169-181). This study used growth modeling of longitudinal data for 120 toddlers collected when children were 14, 24, and 36 months to test the impact of two expressive language skills (spoken vocabulary and talkativenessness) on the growth of toddlers’ self-regulation, and to determine whether associations between these domains exist when controlling for cognitive development. Results reveal gender differences in self-regulation trajectories and in the impact of language on self-regulation. Results reveal that, even in early development, words are tools that can be applied to the task of self-regulation, and may be a more necessary tool for boys than for girls at this age.
Congratulations to both Dr. Vallotton and Dr. Skibbe!