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Westminster College Psychology Professor Presents Paper at National Head Start Conference

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Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Dr. Mandy B. Medvin, associate professor of psychology at Westminster College, recently presented a paper, "Using Computers to Facilitate Social Problem Solving in Head Start Classroom," at Head Start's National Research Conference in Washington, D.C.

Medvin's research centered around ways to integrate computers into early childhood classrooms. The paper was a three-year collaborative project with Head Start of Lawrence County Inc., and three former Westminster students: Angie Falcocchio '98, Michelle Stewart '99, and Sarah Pavlick '99.

The reseach indicated that "computers, when used appropriately, have the potential to facilitate the development of important social skills needed for entry into kindergarten."

Funding for this research was a membership action grant from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as the Gibson-Drinko Endowed Chair in Psychology.

Medvin, who also serves as the Gibson-Drinko Distinguished Chair of Psychology, earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

For more information, contact Medvin at (724) 946-7360.