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Rebecca Dowling, M.A.

Contact: rebe7@umbc.edu
Research Interests:

Associations between early childhood classroom practices, educational technology, the home learning environment, and emergent literacy and numeracy development in diverse populations.

Workshops:

Dowling, R. (2020, February). Evaluating learning outcomes. Presentation for Port Discovery Education Team. Presentation

Dowling, R. (2020, January). Getting logical: Developing a logic model. Presentation for Port Discovery Exhibit Team. Presentation

Sonnenschein, S., Dowling, R., & Metzger, S. R., (2017, May). Empowering parents to foster their young children’s math development. Invited workshop presented at Maryland Head Start Association, Ocean City, MD. Handouts and Presentation

Selected Presentations: 

Sonnenschein, S., Dowling, R., & Shanty, L. (2019, June). The evaluation. In Diamant-Cohen (Chair). Reaching vulnerable families through collaborative partnerships. Symposium presented at ALA, Washington, D.C. Presentation

Dowling, R., Gay, B., & Sonnenschein, S. (2019, May). Children engage in reading and math at home, but what about science and writing? Poster presented at APS, Washington, D.C. Poster

Simons, C., Dowling, R., Metzger, S. R., Gay, B., & Sonnenschein, S. (2019, May). Parents’ views of the increasing use of technology for language arts. Poster presented at APS, Washington, D.C. Poster

Sonnenschein, S., Dowling, R., & Gay, B. (2019, March). Children’s use of digital devices to support learning at home: A descriptive study. Poster presented at SRCD, Baltimore, MD. Poster

Sun, S., French, A., Dowling, R., Else-Quest, N. M., & Hodges, L. C. (2019, March). Mathematics learning using ALEKS in K-12 and higher education: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at SRCD, Baltimore, MD. Poster

Dowling, R., Gay, B., Rennie, Allyson, Simons, C., Metzger, S., & Sonnenschein, S. (2019, March). Making slime and growing crystals: Children’s engagement in science learning at home  Poster presented at SRCD, Baltimore, MD. Poster

Dowling, R., Shanty, L., Sonnenschein, S., & Hussey-Gardner, B. (2018, June). Promoting language and early literacy in the NICU. In S. Sonnenschein (Chair), Promoting effective parent engagement in children’s learning and social-emotional outcomes. Symposium to be presented at The National Research Conference on Early Childhood, Arlington, VA. Presentation 

Dowling, R., Gay, B., & Sonnenschein, S. (2018, April). Academic success and first-generation college students: The mediating role of educational utility value. Presented in round-table session, Exploring academic success, at American Educational Research Association, New York, NYRoundtable Presentation

Dowling, R., Sonnenschein, S., Sun, S., & Baker, L., (2016, April). Advancing low income English language learners’ vocabulary knowledge in preschool. Roundtable discussion presented at AERA, Washington, D.C. Roundtable Handout

Selected Publications:

Dowling, R., Shanty, L., Sonnenschein, S., & Hussey-Gardner, B. (in press). Talking, reading, singing, and rhyming: Tips for fostering early literacy at home. Young Children. Article

Stites, M., Sonnenschein, S., Dowling, R., & Gay, B. (in press). Mathematics learning opportunities in preschool: Where does the classroom library fit in? Special issue of Early Education and Development. Article

Shanty, L., Dowling, R., Sonnenschein, S., & Hussey-Gardner, B. (2019). Evaluation of an early language and literacy program for parents of Infants in the NICU. Journal of Neonatology Nursing38(4), 207-216doi: 10.1891/0730- 0832.384.1 Article

Sonnenschein, S., & Dowling, R. (2019). Parents’ socialization of their young children’s interest in math. To appear in O. Saracho (Ed.), Contemporary Perspectives on Research on Motivation in Early Childhood Education (pp. 75-100). NY: Information Age Publishing. Chapter Text

Sonnenschein, S., Metzger, S.R., Dowling, R., Gay, B., & Simons, C.L. (2016). Extending an effective classroom-based math board game intervention to preschoolers’ homes. Journal of Applied Research on Children, 7(2), 1-29. Article

Newsletters and Popular Press:

Sonnenschein, S., Dowling, R., & Metzger, S. R. (2018). 5 math skills your child needs to know before kindergarten. The Conversation. Article

Dowling, R., Gay, B., & Sonnenschein, S. (2018). Bringing science home: Helping parents support their children’s learning (invited submission). MSPA Protocol, LIX(1), 16-19. Article

Dowling, R., & Sonnenschein, S. (2018). Parents’ views of education and technology. Prepared for Baltimore County Public Schools. Report

Dowling, R., Metzger, S. R., & Sonnenschein, S. (2018). Supporting young children’s math development at home (invited submission). MSPA Protocol, LVIII(3), 4-7. Article

Dowling, R., Gay, B., & Sonnenschein, S. (2017, May). Using math board games to promote early numeracy skills. MSPA Protocol, LVII, 8-9. Article

Dowling, R.& Sonnenschein, S. (2016, June). Promoting vocabulary growth for English language learners. MSPA Protocol, LIV, 12-1. Article