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Amanda Jennings, who won the Interdisciplinary Research Prize for her dissertation in economics education, and her 12-week-old son, Ahmes — in matching robe — share the moment with UD President Dennis Assanis as Carol Vukelich, dean of the College of Education and Human Development (left), and her advisor Elizabeth Farley-Ripple look on.

School of Education shares May 2017 achievements


Congratulations to our College of Education and Human Development graduates! The University of Delaware’s 168th Commencement ceremony marked a milestone for this year’s graduates, who earned more than 5,800 degrees, including associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on May 27. For photos and videos of CEHD’s Convocation, visit CEHD’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. For more about university-wide ceremonies and honors, read “Commencement 2017,” “Bumper crop of UD docs,” and “Distinguished dissertations.”


Amanda Jennings, who graduated with her doctoral degree in Economics Education this May, received the University of Delaware Interdisciplinary Research Prize for her dissertation “Exploring the Autonomous Economic World of Children.” Elizabeth Farley-Ripple served as her advisor.


George Bear, J.C. Slaughter, J.C., L.S. Mantz, & E. Farley-Ripple published “Rewards, praise, and punitive consequences: Relations with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation” in Teaching and Teacher Education, volume 65, July 2017, pages 10-20.

Roberta Golinkoff published the following books, articles, and manuals over the month of May:

  • Golinkoff, R.M., de Villiers, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Iglesias, A., & Wilson, M.S. (2017). User’s manual for the Quick Interactive Language Screener ™ (QUILS™): A measure of vocabulary, syntax, and language acquisition skills in young children. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing Co.
  •  Hassinger-Das, B., Zosh, J. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. (2017). Toys. In K. Peppler (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of out-of-school learning (pp. 781-783). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Hassinger-Das, B., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2017). The case of brain science and play: A developing story. Young Children, 72, 45-50.
  • Rajan, V., Gee, N. R., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2017). Children’s play, self-regulation, and human-animal interaction in early childhood learning. In P. McCardle, N. Gee, & A. Fine (Eds.), How animals help students learn: Research and practice for educators and mental health professionals (pp. 124-138). NY: Routledge.
  • Toub, S. T., Hassinger-Das, B., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2017). Early STEM support: engineering a strong foundation for development. Impact on Instructional Improvement, 42, 12- 26.
  • Verdine, B., Bunger, A., Athanasopoulou, A., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (In press).  Preschool geometric knowledge: Low socio-economic status children are slower to find a target even when they know a shape’s name.  Developmental Psychology.

William Lewis and J.E. Flynn published “Below the surface level of social justice: Using quad text sets to plan equity-oriented instruction” in the The Alan Review (in press).


Roberta Golinkoff gave the following presentations as part of her consulting work for the Lego Advisory Research Board.

  • Golinkoff, R. M. (2017, May). Plearning. Lego Advisory Research Board, Billund, Denmark.
  • Golinkoff, R. M. (2017, May). Plearning and planguage. Lego Advisory Research Board, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Roberta Golinkoff also gave the following conference presentation with colleagues: Zimmermann, L., Fletcher, N., Verdine, B., Toub, T., Foster, L., Islam, S., Marzouk, M., Medford, J., Golinkoff, R., Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2016, May). Spatial instruction in preschool: Is it effective and can it improve mathematics performance? Math Cognition Conference, Nashville, TN.

Jon Manon gave the keynote address on Teaching for Social Justice and the Development of Critical Thinking for a mini-conference on Instructional Innovation at Delaware Technical Community College on May 23.