Zachary Gold

Fall 2012

Research Interests

Early childhood development, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education, behaviors and processes occurring during children’s play with blocks, loose parts, and other engaging play materials

Current Research

My dissertation research is exploring the association between preschoolers’ engineering play with blocks and early mathematics skills, spatial ability, and executive functioning. I am currently testing the relation between engineering play, physical play, and social play in a large loose parts context. I am also working with Dr. Jim Elicker evaluating Paths to QUALITYTM, Indiana’s child care quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). 

Funding

07/16 – 6/17   

Investigation-based Teaching Practices to Foster Engineering Play Behaviors in Young Children. Kodo KidsTM Company. Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. James Elicker), $10,263.

07/16 – 6/17

The Enhanced Block Party: Fostering Engineering Play Behaviors in Young Children. Purdue Extension: College of Health and Human Sciences Grant. (RFP-FY-2017). Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. James Elicker), $5,285.

05/16

Engineering Play: Associations with Executive Function and Mathematical Ability in Preschool. General Research Grant. Purdue Graduate Student Government. Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. James Elicker), $350.

03/15

Gender and Play Context Differences in Preschoolers’ Physical, Social, and Engineering Play. Travel Award. Society for Research in Child Development, $300.

12/14 – 04/15

Preschoolers’ Physical, Social, and Engineering Play Behaviors: Differences in Gender and Play Environment. Interdisciplinary Research Award. Center for Families, Purdue University. Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. James Elicker), $500.

09/12 – 08/13

Ross Fellowship. Doctoral Fellowship for Scholarly Achievement and Accomplishments. Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, $18,000.

 Publications

  • Purpura, D. J., Napoli, A. R., Wehrspann, E., & Gold, Z. S. (2016). Causal connections between mathematical language and mathematical knowledge: A dialogic reading intervention. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 1-23. Advance online ppublication. doi:10.1080/19345747.2016.1204639

  • Gold, Z. S., Elicker, J., Choi, J. Y., Anderson, T., & Brophy, S. P. (2015). Preschoolers’ engineering play behaviors: Differences in gender and play context. Children, Youth and Environments, 25(3), 1-21. doi:10.7721/chilyoutenvi.25.3.0001

  • Whiteman, S. D., Senguttuvan, U., & Gold, Z. S. (2016). Siblings. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of mental health, 2nd Edition, Vol. 4 (pp. 152-157). Waltham, MA: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397045-9.00114-2

Translational Publications

  • Gold, Z. S. (2015). Translating research for practitioners. [Peer commentary on the paper "Acquisition of the cardinal word principle: The role of input" by K. S. Mix, C. M. Sandhofer, J. A. Moore, & C. Russell]. In D. J. Purpura & S. A. Schmitt (Eds.), Preschool Research to Practice, Vol. 1, Issue 1. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zachary_Gold2 

Presentations

  • Gold, Z. S., Hine, C., & Elicker, J. (2016, November) Investigation-based teaching practices to foster engineering play behaviors in young children. Professional development workshop presented to teacher aids at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Beaulieu, B. A., & Gold, Z. S. (2016, October). Block Party: An interactive parent-child block play workshop. Presented at Purdue University Lyles-Porter Hall, Indiana University School of Medicine - Lafayette, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Elicker J., Gold, Z. S., Lane, S., & Mishra, A. A. (2016, October). Indiana Paths to QUALITYTM child care quality rating and improvement system: Outcomes for children and child care providers. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Gold, Z. S., Mishra, A. A., & Elicker, J. (2016, October). Assessing the role of preschoolers' engineering play on trajectories of physical and social play behaviors in a large loose parts context. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Schmitt, S. A., Nichols, D. L., Purpura, D. J., Elicker, J., & Gold Z. S. (2016, October). Innovations in early learning: Self-regulation and STEM. Presented at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School 90th Anniversary Commemoration, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Gold, Z. S., Mishra, A. A., & Elicker, J. (2016, July). Assessing the role of preschoolers' engineering play on trajectories of physical and social play behaviors in a large loose parts context. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Administration for Children and Families' National Research conference on Early Childhood, Washington, DC.

  • Gold, Z. S. (2016, March). Early engineering during construction play as a context for development and school readiness. Invited colloquium presented at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of Psychology, Geneseo, NY.

  • Ruprecht, K. M., Elicker, J., Gold, Z. S., & Mishra A. A. (2015, December). Coaching and quality improvement: How does program quality change over time? Symposium presented at the annual Child Care Policy Research Consortium, Washington, DC.

  • Elicker, J., Gold, Z. S., Mishra, A. A., Ruprecht, K. M., & Yazejian, N. (2015, July). Coaching and quality improvement: How does program quality change over time? Symposium presented at the annual QRIS National Meeting, BUILD Initiative, National Harbor, MD.

  • Elicker, J., Ruprecht K. M., Lane, S., Gold, Z. S., & Addie, H. R. (2015, July). Paths to QUALITY Evaluation Phase 2: Preliminary results report. Presented at the annual meeting of State of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration-Child Care Bureau, Indianapolis, IN.

  • Elicker, J., Ruprecht, K. M., Anderson, T., & Gold, Z. S. (2015, March). Evaluation of Paths to QUALITY, Indiana’s child care quality rating and improvement system: Implementation, validity and outcomes. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Purdue University Scholarship of Engagement Workshop, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Gold, Z. S., Elicker, J., Choi, J. Y., & Anderson, T. (2015, March). Gender and play context differences in preschoolers’ physical, social, and engineering play. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Gold, Z. S., & Elicker, J. (2014, September). Preschoolers’ physical, social, and engineering play behaviors: Differences in gender and play environment. Presented at the annual meeting of the Purdue University Center for Families’ Advisory Council, West Lafayette, IN.

  • Gold, Z. S., Anderson, T., Choi, J. Y., & Elicker, J. (2014, July). Preschoolers’ social, physical, and early engineering play in the traditional playground, the dramatic play area, and with large, manipulable, loose parts: A comparison of university laboratory school children with Head Start children. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of Head Start’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood, Washington, DC.

  • Gold, Z. S., & Elicker, J. (2014, April). Preschoolers’ play behaviors with large, manipulable, loose parts. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Indiana Early Childhood Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

  • Gold, Z. S., & DeHart, G. B. (2013, April). Gender differences in the perceptions of adolescents’ playful and aggressive use of sarcasm. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

  • Whiteman, S. D., Jensen, A. C., & Gold, Z. S. (2013, April). Similarities and differences in adolescent siblings’ substance use: Testing convergent and divergent influence processes. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Education

  • MS, 2014, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

  • BS, 2012, Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 21500: Child Development (Online), 2016

  • HDFS 21200: Child Observation Practicum, 2015

  • HDFS 49100: Mentored Research in HDFS, 2015-present

Reviewer

  • Submitted Presentations, Administration for Children and Families’ National Research Conference on Early Childhood, 2016



Advisor: Dr. Jim Elicker

Zachary Gold

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

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