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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 31, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Undergraduate Students



2008-2009:

PS499 (Honours thesis):

Amanda Schell explored young children's perception of their mathematical competence in contrast to those of their parent and teacher. These children were in preschool and kindergarten. Her thesis was awarded the Best Poster Presentation in Cognition at the 39th Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference held at McMasters University in Hamilton, ON. She has also been a research assistant in the lab since 2007 and will be starting her Master's program in Developmental Psychology in Fall 2009.

Schell, A., & Lee, J. (2009, May). Gender differences in emergent mathematics: Perception vs. reality. Poster presentation at the 39th Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference, Hamilton, ON.

Lee, J., & Schell, A. (2009, May). Do adults perceive that preschool boys are better in mathematics than girls? Poster presentation at the Association for Psychological Science 21st Annual Conference, San Franisco, CA.

Lee, J., Schell, A., & Farrar, L. (2009, April). Do you think you're good at mathematics? Invited talk at the 1st Interdisciplinary Research Lecture Series on Topics in K-12 Education, Faculty of Education, WLU.

Kotsopoulos, D., Lee, J., Heide, D., & Schell, A. (2009, September). Discursive practices and endorsed narratives as instances of mathematical cognition. Paper presentation at the Psychology of Mathematics Educators - North American chapter, Atlanta, GA.

PS 490 (Independent Research Study) - Winter 2009:

Michelle Lawrence

investigated the use of televised sports program as a teaching tool of addition and subtraction for students in third grade.

Lawrence, M., Lee, J., & Kotsopoulos, D. (2009, May). can sports teach mathematics? Paper presentation at the 39th Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference, Hamilton, ON.

Brittany Mandryk

examined

theories and empirical findings

in Psychology and Neuroscience related to mathematical cognition.


2007-2008:

PS499 (Honours thesis):

Alex Bissell examined the relationship between the home literacy environment of third graders and narrative ability, which is a precursor to story writing. She also examined whether there was a change in the home literacy environment during preschool years and at third grade.

Lee, J., & Bissell, A. (2008, June). Quality vs. quantity: The impact of the home literacy environment on children's narrative ability. Poster presentation at the 29th annual Symposium on Research on Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.

Kelly Dewan investigated the literacy development in post-secondary students. Specifically, the study examined the relationship between reading for pleasure, motivation and self-concept among college and university students. Kelly was a co-author on a presentation that investigated the relationship between the composition of early words and emergent literacy at the 28h annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders in Madison, Wisconsin while she was a research assistant in 2006-2007. She is also the creator of the lab logo.

Lee, J., & Dewan, K. (2009, April). The love of reading: Self-efficiency and motivation in post-secondary students. Poster presentation at the 2009 Society for the Research on Child Development Biennal Meeting, Denver, CO.

Lee, J., & Dewan, K. (2007, June). Relations between early expressive language, language acquisition, and emergent reading ability. Poster presentation at the 28th annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.

PS 490 (Independent Research Study) - Winter 2008:

Lauren Farrar investigated whether there are gender differences in preschoolers' perceptions of their mathematical competence in contrast to those of their parent and teacher.

Lee, J., Schell, A., & Farrar, L. (2009, April). Do you think you're good at mathematics? Invited talk at the 1st Interdisciplinary Research Lecture Series on Topics from K-12 Education, Faculty of Education, WLU.

Candyce Stefek investigated the priming effect or influence of viewing televised sports programs (basketball, soccer) on mathematical competence in addition and subtraction of third graders. The data collection was continued by Michelle Lawrence in Winter 2009.

Lee, J., Kotsopoulos, D., Terry, E., & Stefek, C. (2009, April). Can sports teach mathematics? Poster presentation at 2009 Society for the Research in Child Development Biennal Meeting, Denver, CO.