Carey Cooper, Assistant Research Professor
T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
My research represents ecological and life course approaches to
studying family processes and child development in the context of
socioeconomic disadvantage. Currently, this research takes the form
of national-level investigations of the effects of family poverty
and instability on maternal parenting and children’s education.
I am especially interested in the identification of policy-focused
factors that protect against the academic risks associated with
socioeconomic disadvantage. For example, two recent studies examine
factors targeted by existing policy and find that having a highly
qualified teacher can reduce the negative effects of disadvantage
on young children’s school experiences.
My research on the “Lives” Project at ASU (http://lives.clas.asu.edu/)
focuses on the role of gender in children’s academic lives.
Currently, I am investigating the extent to which gender composition
in elementary classrooms is associated with children’s achievement
and socioemotional well-being, whether gender composition affects
boys and girls differently, and whether composition effects can
be explained by teacher and classroom characteristics.
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