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$2.5 Million NSF Grant for Study on Children's Education and Development

The Steinhardt School Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education (CRCDE) was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research on how cultural beliefs and practices in homes and schools shape different aspects of child development among predominantly low-income, ethnically diverse populations in New York City.

This is the second consecutive five-year grant from NSF awarded to four faculty members from the Department of Applied Psychology: Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, Diane Hughes, Niobe Way and Hirokazu Yoshikawa. Other funding sources include the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

“The Study of Culture, Social Settings, and Child Development across School Transitions,” is a research project that aims to generate new knowledge on the developmental experiences of children from diverse ethnic backgrounds, especially during the transition to preschool/ elementary school and to high school. Since the majority of students entering urban high schools are Latino, Asian, or African American, the success or failure of these populations during these high-stakes times has long-term implications for the U.S.

“What we’re finding is that our research challenges common stereotypes about ethnic minority children and families,” says Tamis- LeMonda. “Since these stereotypes inform educational, political, and social institutions, our research has the potential to both advance science and theory on human development as well as inform social policy and educational practices.”