In September I wrote a blog post about the monthly research review provided by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia called HELP Reads. Moving forward I’m going to share a selection of articles from these reviews every quarter to highlight recent and relevant research to the field of children’s librarianship. Most of these studies come from outside of the field of librarianship which helps us understand our role in a larger societal context.
Looks like Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child has a great new guide! Chalk full of early literacy tips we can pass on to caregivers.
” First systematic review of the global evidence linking grandparents to child outcomes. ” Seriously?!
If your library is looking at intergenerational programming, definitely check this one out.
I was kinda surprised to find an entire special issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly devoted to the Word Gap as I thought it had been debunked. This issue looks at research with a “renewed interest in finding solutions to the word gap.”
I love seeing these longitudinal studies that link things like early care and bigger societal impacts. This one started in 1972!
I’ve read lots about SEL in the early years. This guide gives a thorough overview of what it means for school-age kids.
I’m curious if any of the strategies offered can be applied to library programs, especially since the abstract mentions the important role of the educator and group dynamics.
I was surprised that the “impact of ACEs on the development of language skills specifically remains somewhat understudied.” They mention trauma-informed practice which is a concept I’ve seen mentioned other places and would like to know more about.
A very small sample size but an interesting look at how Indigenous learning looks different.
Technology and Media
Can apps help parents promote their child’s language development? Research is finally being done in it.
Does the quality of media matter? What does quality look like? An important topic in the world of hours and minutes around the topic of screen time.
Again, research is starting to emerge on the impact of screen use. As media mentors we need to be aware of it.
The article starts with “Research on the relationship between digital media exposure and child development is complex, inconsistent and fraught with debate.” Yep, yep, yep. How do we measure it and what’s the best way? This article explores that topic to guide future research.
Which ones look the most interesting to you? Let me know in the comments!