My Future G.O.A.L.S.

Global Awareness: I plan to cultivate acceptance and appreciation of diversity by studying abroad during my undergraduate years. I also hope to converse more with my peers from different backgrounds, and to learn more about their perspectives.

Original Inquiry: I hope to engage in experiences through required fieldwork and volunteering that allow me to better understand different disabilities. I would love to be involved in surveys analyzing the best teaching methods for differently abled individuals, to better understand how to serve them in the future.

Academic Enrichment: In the future, I will strive to take honors classes as much as possible. I have already pushed myself out of my comfort zone by taking classes in Astronomy and Roman History, and will continue this pattern next semester with Entomology. I intend to broaden my horizons with a large array of topics during my general education classes, and would love to eventually decide upon a minor.

Leadership Development: While in high school I held a variety of leadership positions, such as Vice President of the Nation Honor Society and Vice President of the Future Farmer’s of America. I intend to continue this in my college years by gaining leadership positions in on-campus clubs. I also hope to gain the skills necessary to be a good leader to the students in my future classroom.

Service Engagement: I plan to continue volunteering throughout college, as I have already begun by babysitting through Students Supporting People With Down Syndrome. In the future, I would love to serve my community in various service projects, not only dealing with education, but also with the opiod crisis in our state, which is a cause very near and dear to my heart. I also hope to attend a service trip, possibly through the Ohio Student Education Association.

Hannah Smith is a first year undergraduate student in the College of Education and Human Ecology. She intends to major in Special Education, with a specialization in teaching students with moderate to intensive disabilities. In the near future, Hannah hopes to study abroad in order to discover new interests and expand her passion for helping others. She aims to become involved with The Ohio Student Education Association, which is in partnership with The Ohio Education Association, and to join the group Students Supporting People with Down Syndrome. When not in class, she enjoys listening to any genre of music, collecting classic American novels, and tending to her many succulent plants. Hannah welcomes any advice regarding her academic and extracurricular involvement, and hopes to someday offer her gained wisdom to others.

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Honors Thesis Review

Hannah Smith

November 28, 2017

EHE 1100H

Honors Thesis Review

Megan M. Servick, author of the senior honors thesis “Multi-Faceted Learning Environments: A Study of Preschool Development”, studied various factors acting upon a preschool aged child’s life. She began by expressing the importance of solid, positive educational experiences early in a child’s life. She referenced a broad array of studies that confirmed the benefits of educationally based programs early in life, rather than those such as day-cares that provide little to no academic enrichment. These studies showed that such early experiences allow for better academic achievement later on. Further, she related that individuals with a higher education fare better in wages and unemployment rates than those who have received less education. She then continued with statistics relating to an increase of women in the workforce, which is projected to continue increasing at a steady rate, and suggested a possible correlation with children’s life outcomes. The thesis also stressed the effect that teachers and parents had upon a child’s early upbringing, as these individuals spend the most time and consequently have the most impact in the early lives of children.

After affirming the importance of early-childhood education, many government programs are included that deal with enhancing preschool learning. In this thesis, she focused on a specific program in Ohio known as Step up to Quality (SUTQ). This voluntary program deals with improvements in child to staff ratio, staff education, and other practices and curriculum components. Specifically, the study focused on the effects of home and family environment on preschoolers’ education. On a different route, it also hoped to examine how teacher’s backgrounds influence their ideas about children.

Within the SUTQ program, 300 program directors, 600 teachers chosen randomly from 2 classrooms per director, and every parent within these classrooms (totaling a maximum of 15,000 students) were asked to complete questionnaires over a two-year period. Then, out of 40 other classrooms, 5 students per class were selected to be directly observed and assessed, for a total of 200 children. The majority of teacher and parent responders were female, while the majority of students selected were male. The program directors offered information on topics such as program structure, student demographics, and parental involvement. Teachers were asked to provide information on their age and beliefs in teaching methods. Parents provided home and familial background information. The children were tested on a variety of subjects including behavior, language skills, and reading concepts.

The results showed that order levels in home environments were positively correlated to family incomes and a mother’s participation in a standard work week. Those with a more standard work week also had a higher amount of home order. Home order was directly linked to child outcomes, as a greater level of home order resulted in higher language and cognitive skills. For teachers, age did not correlate with traditional teaching methods. However, the amount of education attained directly impacted teaching strategies. As individuals attained a higher degree, they became more progressive in their ideology.

This study attempted to provide information upon two similar, yet different topics. The first was the effect of home and family on a child’s life, and the second dealt with teacher’s characteristics and the effect this had on their views of children. In the future, a more similar addition might be the effect of teacher’s characteristics on a child’s life, in order to have a greater connection between topics analyzed. Additionally, she consistently mentioned “home order” without defining the meaning, leaving a huge gap in her conclusions and data. “Home Order” is open to numerous interpretations. In the future, I would like to maintain the basics of this study, but to focus it more upon how different factors directly affect preschool age children. That seemed to be her initial focus, but it soon faltered and stemmed into many other conclusions and data which did not pertain to her goal. As for the teacher portion of the study, the goals were to find how teacher characteristics related to their ideas of children. Yet, the conclusions on this part dealt with the relation of teacher characteristics to teaching methods instead.

Not only could this same study be conducted in a more focused manner, with clear goals and data used to draw logical conclusions, but many other research topics could stem from this study. Effects of socioeconomic status on a child, effects of teacher characteristics in relation to performance, and many other topics briefly mentioned in this paper could be used as an entire study of their own. While this study does not clearly result in definitive answers or knowledge, it provides the opportunity and inspiration for many other future research topics. In this way, it is incredibly valuable to prospective researchers.