November 2018

Iryna Nadyukova and Heli Muhonen presented new results from our research projects at the NYUAD Research Conference. Iryna’s talk discussed associations between kindergarten teachers’ professional vision and their perceptions of students’ pre-academic and learning-related skills using data collected in Kosovo. The results suggest that teachers distributed their visual attention relatively equally but paid more attention to children whom they perceived to have lower pre-academic and learning-related skills. Heli presented a poster comparing the quality of educational dialogue in kindergartens classrooms in Finland and the United Arab Emirates. While dialogues of high-quality were found in both countries, the patterns varied across Finland and the United Arab Emirates. Teachers in Finland allowed more elaboration, sharing of different ideas, and acknowledged students’ initiatives. In the United Arab Emirates, dialogues were dominated by teachers’ question and students had fewer opportunities to contribute to the conversation.

August 2018

First results from our study on mother-child interactions during toy play and book reading have been presented at the conference of the EARLI SIG 5: Learning and Development in Early Childhood in Berlin, Germany. Please contact Antje von Suchodoletz ( if you want to learn more about the results.

New results from our study on understanding high-quality teacher-child interactions in kindergarten classrooms in different countries have been presented at the conference of the EARLI SIG 5: Learning and Development in Early Childhood in Berlin, Germany. Please contact Heli Muhonen ( and/or Antje von Suchodoletz ( if you want to learn more about the results.

December 2017

Our manuscript on Muslim parent preferences for children's storybook illustration was accepted for publication:

October 2017

Two manuscripts were recently accepted for publication:

  • Slot, P. L., & Suchodoletz, A. v. (in press). Bidirectionality in preschool children’s executive functions and language skills: Is one developing skill the better predictor of the other? Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
  • Suchodoletz, A. v., Fäsche, A., & Skuballa, I. T. (2017). The role of attention shifting in orthographic competencies: Cross-sectional findings from 1st, 3rd, and 8th grade students. Frontiers in Psychology. Accepted for publication.

September 2017

Iryna Nadyukova and Elena Doering joined the Teaching, Learning, and Development Lab as research assistants. Welcome! Iryna will be involved in the project on teacher-child interactions. Elena’s focus will be the project on parenting and socialization goals during mother-child interactions.

August 2017

First results from our study using mobile eye-tracking glasses with kindergarten teachers have been presented at the conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction in Tampere, Finland.

June 2016

Giacomo Contucci is a high school student from the “Enrico Fermi” Science High School Bologna, Italy, who will join our lab in June 2016 as a high school intern. Giocomo was born in the USA (Davis, California) but grew up in Bologna. His favorite topics are the “hard” sciences and, more generally, quantitative studies and research. He enjoys reading, working out at the gym, watching series, or just going out and chatting with friends, or playing with his cat. One more thing he wants to mention: He is not addicted to social networks.

May/June 2016

Lara Mueller, undergraduate student at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, majoring in Psychology, joins our lab for a research internship during May and June 2016. During this time, Lara will work on the coding of teacher data, in particular, retrospective interviews to assess teachers’ metacognitive processes during teaching.

May 23, 2016

Congratulations to our graduating seniors Iryna Nadyukova, Nada ElAzhary, and Alina Filipchuk! It has been such a joy to work with you all this past year on your Capstone projects. Iryna and Alina will continue working in our lab over the summer as part of the NYUAD Post Graduate Practical Training Program, while Nada will take on an internship in Film and Media. We will miss you and wish you much success!

January 2016

Dr. Irene Skuballa joined the Teaching, Learning, and Development Lab as postdoctoral researcher. Prior to joining NYUAD Irene worked as research assistant at the University of Tübingen in the Department of Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2014 at the University of Freiburg.

December 2015

Antje von Suchodoletz received the ADEC Award for Research Excellence A2RE for a two-year-project on “Promoting excellence in secondary science education: Teacher-student interactions as a pathway to improve student performance.” The project is in collaboration with Irene Skuballa (Postdoctoral researcher at NYUAD), Lydia Barza (Associate Professor at Zayed University Abu Dhabi) and Fiona Baker (Associate Professor at the Emirates College for Advanced Education Abu Dhabi).