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MSU study finds need for more math & science instruction in pre-schools


October 3, 2017
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A new Michigan State University study finds pre-school teachers need better training in science and math.

Researchers studied 67 Head Start classrooms for children between three and five years old. They found pre-school teachers focused primarily on literacy.

The MSU researchers say 99% of preschool teachers engaged in literacy instruction three to four times a week. However, they found teachers spent less time on math (75%) and far less on science (42%).

Hope Gerde is an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies.  She says it’s easier teaching science to three, four and five year olds than people may believe.