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Zachary Gold

Fall 2012

Research Interests

Early childhood education, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) education in the preschool years, children’s physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive development, children’s behaviors and learning processes during play with blocks and other “loose parts” materials.

Current Research

I am currently working with Dr. Jim Elicker on a longitudinal evaluation of Paths to QUALITY, Indiana’s child care quality rating and improvement system. I am also working with Dr. David Purpura implementing an intervention designed to improve preschoolers’ mathematics language through storybooks. Additionally, I am managing an intervention with Dr. Sara Schmitt on the effects of structured block play activities on preschoolers’ executive functioning. Finally, I am beginning my dissertation, a cross-sectional examination of preschoolers’ engineering play with unit blocks and potential correlations with executive functioning and early mathematics skills.  

Publications

  • Purpura, D. J., Napoli, A. R., Gold, Z. S., & Wehrspann, E. (under review). Mathematical language as a foundation for mathematical performance: An intervention with low-income preschool children.
  • Gold, Z. S., Elicker, J., Choi, J. Y., Anderson, T., & Brophy, S. P. (in press). Preschoolers’ engineering play behaviors: Differences in gender and play context. Children, Youth and Environments.
  • Whiteman, S. D., Senguttuvan, U., & Gold, Z. S. (in press). Siblings. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.),
    Encyclopedia of mental health, 2nd Edition. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Technical Reports

  • Gold, Z. S., Elicker, J. G., Anderson, T. S., & Choi, J. Y., (2015). Preschoolers’ physical, social, and engineering play behaviors: Differences in gender and play environment. (Technical Report). To be submitted to the Purdue University Center for Families.
  • Elicker, J. G., Anderson, T. S., Choi, J. Y., Schlesinger-Devlin, E., & Gold, Z. S. (2013). Children’s social competence, physical activity, and early engineering thinking in the Imagination Playground™, traditional playground, and dramatic play area. (Technical Report). Submitted to the KaBOOM! National Non-Profit Organization.

Presentations

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Gold, Z. S., Elicker, J. G., Choi, J. Y., & Anderson, T. S. (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., Anderson, T. S., Choi, J. Y., & Elicker, J. G. (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. G. (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.

Invited Presentations

  • 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 the State of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration-Child Care Bureau, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Elicker, J., Gold, Z. S., Mishra, A., Ruprecht, K. M., & Yazejian, N. (2015, July). Coaching and quality improvement: How does program quality change over time? Symposium conducted at the annual QRIS National Meeting, National Harbor, MD.
  • 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., Anderson, T., Choi, J. Y., & Elicker, J. (2014, October). 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 the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences, West Lafayette, IN.
  • Gold, Z. S., Elicker, J. G., Anderson, T. S., & Choi, J. Y., (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.

Education

  • MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University
  • BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo

Teaching Assistantships

  • Primary Instructor (Fall 2015)
    Purdue University, Course: HDFS 212, Child Observation Practicum
  • HDFS 331:  Skills for Helping Professionals in Individual, Family, and Group Settings
  • HDFS 343:  Assessment and Case Management

Honors

  • 2015:  The Society for Research in Child Development Travel Award, $300
  • 2014: The Center for Families Interdisciplinary Research Award (Purdue University), awarded to a graduate student engaged in research that combines multiple academic disciplines with the study of families, based on the quality of the student’s academic accomplishments, $500
  • 2012-2013: Ross Fellowship (Purdue University), awarded to outstanding new Ph.D. candidates, $18,000

 

Advisor:  Dr. Jim Elicker