Study Finds that Use of PBS KIDS Content in the Classroom Improves Early Math Skills in Preschool Children
A new study conducted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and SRI International found that the acquisition of essential early math skills, such as counting, recognizing numerals, recognizing shapes, and patterning, increased significantly among four- and five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged communities who participated in a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math Supplement initiative. Transmedia includes the use of familiar characters, settings, and stories across different media formats.
Key findings of the 2013 Ready To Learn study include:
- Children who used the PBS KIDS math supplement, which incorporated videos, digital games, interactive whiteboards, laptop computers, teacher support, and hands-on math materials, improved significantly in their understanding of the targeted early mathematics skills compared to the control group.
- Children who used the same technology without the integrated math materials did not experience the same learning gains compared to the control.
- Teachers who used the math supplement reported significant changes in their confidence and comfort with early mathematics concepts and teaching with technology.