Open lecture: professor II Margaret Owen
April 27th Owen will hold the open lecture "Beyond the Word Gap: Building a Foundation of Communication Between Parent and Child Contributes to Low-Income Children’s Early Language Success.”
Margaret Owen is the Robinson Family Professor and director of the Center for Children and Families at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Professor II at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo.
For almost 20 years professor Owen was a member of the team directing the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a prospective longitudinal study of the effects of child care on over 1300 children and their families from birth through age 15. Its findings address
(1) amount, types, and quality of child care experienced by the participating children;
(2) family factors associated with characteristics of child care; and
(3) concurrent and long-term associations between child-care experiences and children's attachments relationships, adaptive and maladaptive social behavior, cognitive and language development, school achievement, peer relations, qualities of mother-child interactions, and children's health.
The open lecture will address the following issues:
Language development of many low-income children is markedly delayed, creating achievement gaps difficult to bridge. One widely discussed explanation--the "30-million word gap"--focuses on the quantity of Words children hear. This presentation will describe results of recent Research that take a new look at qualities of early communication between parent and child that lay a foundation for language success.