Arlitt Center for Education, Research and Sustainability

The Arlitt Center is expanding its research and practice focus to embrace new initiatives and a wider age span. Our primary program at The Arlitt Center will be our lab school, but specifically, three new endeavors provided the impetus for this name change. First, the journal, Children, Youth and Environments and the Children, Youth and Environments Network will be housed at The Arlitt Center, partnering with faculty in UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Editors are Drs. Victoria Carr, Rhonda Brown, and Vikas Mehta. Second, the certificate in Education for Environmental Sustainability will also be administered by Dr. Carr and collaborative undertakings related to sustainability with other UC initiatives, colleges, and community programs may find resources at The Arlitt Center. Third, the Developmental and Learning Sciences Center, a former affiliate, has changed its name to the Developmental and Learning Sciences Research Laboratory and is part of The Arlitt Center. Thus, there are three entities within The Arlitt Center: the Arlitt Child Development Center, the Education for Sustainability and Environments Institute, and the Developmental and Learning Sciences Research Laboratory.

STEM in the Playscape: Building Knowledge for Educational Practice

Children Observing Traffic Signal Electricians

Dr. Victoria Carr, Executive Director for the Arlitt Center, and her colleagues have been awarded a three year $1,635,115 National Science Foundation grant to study playscape interactions and design learning modules for early childhood teachers. Principal Investigator Carr and Co-Investigators, Drs. Rhonda Brown, Heidi Kloos, and Cathy Maltbie are extending their work from a previous NSF supported project. This project will be coordinated by Leslie Kochanowski and evaluated by Ohio’s Evaluation and Assessment Center for Science and Mathematics at Miami University. The project is an NSF Research-in-Service of Practice project implemented in collaboration with local agencies and advised by a national board of researchers and experts in the field.

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