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'Curious George' Sparks Math, Science Achievement

A study has determined that children who watched episodes of the PBS KIDS television series “Curious George” or read books based on the series were positively impacted in terms of their knowledge about the science and math concepts covered.

curious george“Science, math and engineering sound scary, even to adults,” said Senior Researcher Dr. Christine Paulsen, of the New England-based Concord Evaluation Group (CEG). “As preschoolers, it’s a very different thing. They're learning how to explore; they're learning how to be curious. Across all platforms, ‘Curious George’ is an educational winner for kids.”

The study also found that “Curious George” tie-in books prompted children to use scientific habits of mind, such as making predictions, making observations, asking questions and hypothesizing. It also indicated that parents who read or watched “Curious George” with their children reported feeling more confident about exploring science and math with their children and reported they were more motivated to do so. 

The long-running, top-rated PBS KIDS television series is based on the best-selling books published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The TV series and tie-in books encourage inquiry and curiosity, promote hands-on exploration and show parents and caregivers how to support children’s science, engineering and math-related play.

The complete study findings are available here.


Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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