Study Examines Neighborhood Effects on Language of African-American Youth

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates the effect of neighborhood poverty on the use of African-American Vernacular English by low-income minority youth. African-American Vernacular English, a systematic dialect spoken by some African-Americans and commonly known as Ebonics, is rooted in history and an important identity marker and expressive resource for its speakers. […]

NYU Steinhardt to Support Pre-K for All

NYU Steinhart’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) is partnering with the New York City Department of Education and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity to provide educators with the tools they need to monitor and support the quality of universal pre-K programs. In September, New York City launched an ambitious expansion of […]

J. Lawrence Aber Receives Grant from NoVo Foundation to Evaluate Education in Democratic Republic of Congo

J. Lawrence Aber, Albert and Blanche Wilner Family Professor of Psychology and Public Policy, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the NoVo foundation to support a project titled, “Impacting teacher performance and children’s academic and socio-emotional learning in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Extreme poverty, periods of violence and war, and mismanagement of resources […]

In the New York Times: Joshua Aronson on Stereotype Threat

Joshua Aronson, an associate professor of the Department of Applied Psychology, was the subject of ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You,’ a New York Times opinion article written by Annie Murphy Paul.  A leader in investigating the effects of social forces on academic achievement, Aronson dentified a phenomenon known as “stereotype threat,” with psychologist Claude Steele. Murphy […]

Institute for Human Development and Social Change Awarded $828,000 MacArthur Grant to Study Digital Learning

Organizations that have implemented such programs include cultural institutions and two schools—one each in New York City and Chicago—that use innovative curricula such as game design and digital learning to enhance young people’s interests, community awareness, and attempt to shape their educational outcomes. … “Both the schools and out-of-school programs have developed innovative ways for students to learn and hope to develop competencies, skills, and dispositions aligned with educational achievement and future success in an increasingly globalized and technology-based society.”

Steinhardt Researchers Receive $1.2 Million Grant to Assess Impact of Head Start Programs

Researchers at NYU Steinhardt have received a $1.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to assess Head Start programs. The study will be led by Pamela Morris, a professor in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology and part of the university’s Institute for Human Development and Social Change. The project’s co-principal […]