Peg + Cat: Early Learning of Math Through Media

Peg + Cat: Early Learning of Math Through Media
Mallary Swartz, Nancy Bunt, Cynthia Tananis, Chris Rodgick, Hedda Sharapan
Project Goals
Deepen the field’s understanding of
how to advance early learning in
mathematics.
Produce Peg + Cat, an animated
broadcast series, and web and mobile
games that kids love and that get
kids excited about math.
Help children develop math content
knowledge, skills, and problemsolving/reasoning abilities.
Help children develop a positive and
persistent attitude toward learning
mathematics.
Increase preschool teachers’
knowledge of math content and
pedagogy, as well as their confidence.
Increase parents’ interest,
engagement, and confidence in
exploring mathematics with their
children.
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Big Messages
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Math is everywhere.
Math is important.
Everyone can use/learn math.
Persistence in problem-solving is
essential.
Math learning begins early in life
and should be both supported and
encouraged.
58 Head Start teachers and
educational supervisors
Two-year, two-cohort PD Model: one
summer, one school-year
Developmentally-appropriate math
content
- Year 1: Pre-number, number
concepts and operations.
- Year 2: Geometry, measurement
and data analysis
How to incorporate math into
everyday routines with children
How to build families’ confidence and
interest in math
Educator and Facilitator Resource
Guides
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Research Questions
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Project Components
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Production of Peg + Cat episodes,
online games, and app
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Adult Learning
- Professional Development for
Teachers
- Family Support and Engagement
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To what extent does this project meet
its objectives and deliverables?
What are the key teacher-reported
program elements that support or
hinder transfer of knowledge to
pedagogy?
How did teachers and parents use the
project resources and strategies?
What are the key parent-reported
program elements that support or
hinder parents’:
a) interest, engagement and confidence
in exploring math with their children
b) development of knowledge of math as
accessible and important for their
children
c) development of strategies to support
children's mathematics learning and
engagement?
Does teachers' participation in the
project's professional development and
children's involvement with program
resources and activities impact
children's interest in and positive and
persistent attitudes towards
mathematics?
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27 Peg + Cat episodes
8 online games
Big Gig App
Professional Development
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Evaluation Questions
Coupling of Resources
Production
Family Engagement:
Peg + Cat + Us
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Research and Evaluation
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Focus on exploring math with young
children in everyday contexts
Family Activity Days
Take-Home Materials: Peg + Cat Trading
Cards and Activity Sheets
Classroom Lending Box with math
activities
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Do participating educators:
- Develop or extend their knowledge
of age-appropriate mathematics
content?
- Integrate effective practices to
support mathematical learning among
students?
- Increase their confidence and
self-efficacy in teaching math to
pre-K children?
How do the project resources help
parents engage their children in
math?
Do coupled learning opportunities
(media, PD for teachers about how to
best engage families with math)
enable teachers to enhance
children’s engagement and interest
in math?
Mixed Methods
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Surveys, content assessments, focus
groups, interviews, PD observations,
classroom observations
Challenges
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Scheduling professional development
Measurement development: dearth of
measures focused on early math
Limited technology available in Head
Start classrooms
For more information about this project,
please contact Dr. Mallary Swartz at
[email protected]
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