Curenton and colleagues collaborating to create classroom assessment instrument to evaluate sociocultural interactions in early childhood classrooms

March 9, 2016

A group of researchers from multiple universities are collaborating to create a classroom assessment instrument that could be used by researchers and educators to evaluate the sociocultural interactions in early childhood classrooms.

Bloustein School Associate Professor Stephanie M. Curenton, along with colleagues Bryant Jensen of Brigham Young University, Tonia Durden of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Marisha Humphries of the University of Illinois–Chicago, and Iheoma Iruka of the University of Nebraska are collaborating on the Classroom Assessment of Sociocultural Interactions-Preschool to 3rd (CASI-P3) Research Network. The goal of the CASI-P3 is to develop a valid early childhood classroom observation tool that assesses whether the classroom environment nurtures minoritized children’s learning, therefore maximizing their strengths. This observation measure will provide research audiences and educational professionals with specific and direct feedback about the quality of sociocultural interactions that support racially and ethnically minoritized young children.

The sociocultural interactions comprise those learning, communication, motivation, and emotional socialization practices that are embedded within a cultural context. The dominant culture shaping the process of education within the United States is the White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant cultural context. This dominant cultural context is exemplified in all aspects of education—the curriculum content, instructional practices, training and preparation of teachers, and engagement of families and communities. The combined effect of all these aspects can make for a classroom environment in which racially and ethnically minoritized children feel disconnected, and where their talents and abilities are unrecognized and unnurtured.

The research network has been working together on this issue since May 2015, and they have already secured one internal grant from Brigham Young University and been invited to present at three national educational conferences. Their future work entails publishing peer-reviewed papers describing the CASI and seeking future outlets for funding.

Recent Posts

Voices of Inclusion: Advancing Disability Justice and Advocacy

The words diversity, equity, and inclusion have been at the forefront of many conversations during the past few years. In late March, the Bloustein School hosted an event focusing on the disability community, and disability justice in particular. “Some of the...

Research: Powering Bikeshare in New York City

Powering bikeshare in New York City: does the usage of e-bikes differ from regular bikes? Abstract In this study, we investigate the difference between shared electric bicycles (e-bikes) and conventional shared bikes operated by Citi Bike in New York City. We examine...

The Biggest Barrier to a Vibrant Second-Hand EV Market? Price

New policies and broader subsides are needed to help lower-income buyers afford used electric vehicles, according to a Rutgers study As early adopters of electric vehicles (EVs) trade up for the latest models, the used EV market is beginning to mature in the United...

New Paper on Affordable Rental Housing by NJSOARH

Local Landscapes of Assisted Housing: Reconciling Layered and Imprecise Administrative Data for Research Purposes The New Jersey State of Affordable Housing (NJSOARH) project seeks to understand the state of rental housing affordable to low-income and very low-income...

NJSPL – Extreme Heat, Coastal Flooding, and Health Disparities

Extreme Heat, Coastal Flooding, and Health Disparities: Climate Change Impacts on Older Adults in New Jersey By Josephine O’Grady New Jersey is facing a myriad of climate challenges, including extreme heat, heavy precipitation, coastal flooding, and more natural...

Upcoming Events

Bloustein Honors Research Program Poster Session

Bloustein School, Civic Square Building 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, United States

The members of the 2023-24 Bloustein Honors Research Program cohort will be presenting their individual research projects in two formats.

Korea Development Institute Policy Paper Presentations

Bloustein School, Civic Square Building 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, United States

All members of the Bloustein community are invited to the final presentation of policy papers by our Korea Development Institute students. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to attend.  Light […]