The Effects of Language and Gesture on Math Learning in Indian Preschoolers

10:00 am–1:30 pm


This workshop builds on a collaborative project between the University of Chicago, Harvard University, researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab South Asia (JPAL South Asia), and researchers at Pratham, the largest non-governmental organization focused on education in India. The project builds on a series of funded field experiments in Delhi, designed to determine whether math-related educational games can play a beneficial role in children’s success in primary school.  The overall goal of the proposed project is to develop a rich theoretical understanding of why the games are effective, which would be useful both for future interventions in India and to answer theoretical questions about how gesture and language can contribute to learning.

Already, the research has led to the development of a second iteration of randomized, controlled trials that uses these tools to enhance learning. The workshop in December hopes to continue to build on this iterative classroom-to-lab-to-classroom format, as it allows for both theoretical and practical advances in our study of how language and gesture can play a role in learning math skills.

This event is by invitation only.