Ciclo di Seminari del Dipartimento di Psicologia

Steven Howard, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia
Identifying and Evaluating Everyday Opportunities to Promote Early Executive Function and Self-Regulation


For children with low executive function (EF) and self-regulation in early childhood, the likelihood of poorer intellectual, health, wealth and anti-social outcomes into adulthood is overwhelming. Yet this knowledge has not yet yielded particularly successful methods for effecting EF-change with corresponding generalized improvements to other cognitive and life domains. Further, pervasive intervention approaches often are constrained by being non-routine, expensive and time-consuming. Reconciling insights from cross-disciplinary theory, research and practice, we developed a collection of low-cost and routine practices and activities for supporting early EF and self-regulatory development within pre-school contexts, and evaluated its effect on: children’s self-regulation, executive function and school readiness. This presentation will focus on the background and our approach to fostering these abilities, first through a shared book reading approach and then through our Preschool Situational Self-Regulation Toolkit (PRSIST) program. As the evaluation has only recently been completed, I will also discuss ‘hot-off-the-presses’ preliminary results from a cluster RCT evaluation involving 50 pre-school services and 473 children. 



Lunedì 11 febbraio 2019, ore 14.30

Aula U6-24, U6 (1° piano)

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Prof. Gian Marco Marzocchi