Kindergarten Studies Project
Our Socio-Emotional Development Lab is housed within the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. The laboratory is supervised by Dr. Hedwig Teglasi. The focus of our research is the development of self-regulation and social competence in kindergarten children. Currently, we work alongside private and public schools in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area and involve kindergarten students, their parents, and their teachers in our research. The general topics we investigate include: a) how children’s temperament, social storytelling, and ability to understand others’ emotions and beliefs relate to effective social interactions, b) how to interpret measures of children using a multi-rater and multi-method approach, and c) how children’s executive functions, emotion understanding, and temperament styles relate to their readiness for school.