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Grand Challenges: How Does Statistical Learning Interact with Socioeconomic Status to Shape Literacy Development?

Grant Type: Individual Project Grant
Topics: Education and Social Justice
College Represented: EDUC

Grand Challenges Grants Program


Statistical Learning (SL) refers to our ability to detect statistical regularities from the environment around us. The present study seeks to investigate the moderating role of SL (both domain-general and language-specific) in the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and literacy development. Our findings have important educational implications. High SL may help offset deleterious effects of being raised in an impoverished social environment. Teachers can develop SL practice and intervention programs as a pathway to reduce SES disparities in literacy development.

PI: Min Wang (EDUC),
Professor, Human Development
and Quantitative Methodology

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