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Youth Development
and Agricultural Education


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Aryn M Dotterer

Child Development and Family Studies 

  • Assistant Professor – CDFS/Extension Education

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Assistant Professor HDFS / YDAE
  • Interdepartmental Assistant Professor
Fowler Memorial House Room 203
1200 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055

Research Interest:
My research is grounded in developmental and ecological approaches to the study of children’s and adolescents’ school experiences and academic achievement. I am particularly interested in gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic variations in school engagement and academic achievement, with attention to the role that families play in parenting and socialization. For example, I am currently comparing two models of family influence to examine racial disparities in children’s pre-academic knowledge. A related area of interest is in development and growth of children’s academic achievement over time and the use of the best methods to examine longitudinal models of process and change. I am currently using a multilevel modeling strategy to examine the extent to which early academic skills in pre-kindergarten are related to later academic achievement in early adolescence.

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