- Early learning
- Language acquisition
Dale Farran is a professor in the departments of teaching and learning and psychology and human development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and senior associate director of the Peabody Research Institute. She previously spent 10 years with the Abecedarian Project, three years in Hawaii at the Kamehameha School, and nine years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of alternative preschool curricula for preparing children from low-income families to transition successfully to school. She has been involved in several large, longitudinal, randomized control trials of various approaches to pre-K education, including the preschool curriculum evaluation research, a literacy curriculum associated with an early reading first program in Tennessee, a pre-K mathematics curriculum scale-up project, and an efficacy study of a first grade mathematics intervention. She is a co-investigator of the only randomized control trial of a statewide pre-K program, funded to follow the children through the middle grades. She is also investigating middle grades math transition related to earlier, extensively-assessed math competencies.