Math Learning Starts Early:  How Families Can Help

How would early interactions in the home environment affect children’s academic achievement? How can parents play their roles in facilitating children’s Math learning? What’s the relation of math anxiety to math achievement in both children and adults? Join us at the coming public lecture by Professor Susan Levine, Chair of Department of Psychology, to find all these out.

Susan Levine is the Rebecca Anne Boylan Professor of Education and Society in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the role of early interactions in the home environment on children’s academic achievement.  She will first examine the kinds of interactions that support later reading comprehension and mathematical achievement.  She will then discuss the relation of math anxiety, an all too common condition, to math achievement in both children and adults. She will also share her research on math anxiety in adults and children, including her findings that math anxious adults, including teachers and parents, are less effective in supporting children’s math learning.  Finally, she will show how technology can be used to help math anxious parents support their children’s math learning, cutting the intergenerational transmission of low math achievement and high math anxiety.

Program Rundown

2:00       Registration
2:15        Welcome and Introduction
2:30       Presentation 
3:15        Discussion/ Q&A
4:00       End