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New INSIGHTS: Testing the Efficacy of INSIGHTS for Promoting Positive Learning Environments and Academic Achievement in Nebraska

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Principal Investigator: Gwen Nugent

Co-Principal Investigators: Susan Sheridan, James Bovaird, Sandra McClowry

Funding Information

Funding Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Award Date: Jun 1, 2023

End Date: May 31, 2024


INSIGHTS is a temperament-based emotional and behavioral skills intervention that has been found in a previous Institute of Education Sciences efficacy trial to reduce disruptive behavior, improve attention skills, and improve reading and math achievement of economically disadvantaged children.

Despite promising evidence, no trials of the efficacy of INSIGHTS have been conducted outside of inner-city New York, leaving in question the applicability of the program to other community settings. This study aims to replicate the efficacy of INSIGHTS with a different sample and in a different context.

This replication study will assess the usability, fidelity and feasibility of the technology-enhanced programs, and will compare student, teacher and parent outcomes of the New INSIGHTS to data collected in prior efficacy trials.

Rural Schools and Communities, Early Childhood Education and Development, Academic Intervention & Learning

From left, Kathleen Rudasill, professor of educational psychology and interim dean for research and faculty development at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Gwen Nugent, CYFS research professor, introduce children to a few of the puppet characters of INSIGHTS.
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