The Future of Education

Edition 14

Speaker Profile

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Eugene Geist

Institution: Louisiana State University

Address: 261 Peabody Hall, LSU

Postal Code: 70820

Country: United States

A. Personal Statement
Dr. Geist is an active researcher with a long record of publications. Dr. Geist is currently part of a research team is that includes music therapists, neurologists, nurses, physicians, and psychologists studying music’s effect on the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, and their caregivers. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the team has developed an intervention and analysed saliva samples to assess stress level hormones. Future plans include the use of EEG skull caps and fMRI. Dr. Geist among other assessments.

Dr. Geist is a member of the Early Childhood Education Institute at Louisiana State University collaborates on creating new research opportunities in with other members of the institute. Dr. Geist’s current work focuses on infants and toddlers who are at risk both social-emotionally and academically through home visitor progress and parent involvement training and how young children (birth to 3rd grade) learn and think mathematically as well as how integrated curriculum and child-centred approaches can be used to foster cognitive growth and understanding in children from birth through age 8 and beyond. This research on mathematics and learning is grounded in the theoretical framework of Piaget’s Constructivism. Much of his scholarly work has been devoted mainly to understanding how children develop mathematical knowledge from birth through early elementary school and how mathematics can be integrated into other aspects of the developing child such as the arts and music. He has a book coming out in 2025 entitled Reinventing STEM.

In 2009 Dr. Geist published one of the only Mathematics textbooks for early childhood to take a developmental approach from birth through age 8. Dr. Geist has presented internationally at the 1st World Conference and 7th International Summit of Early and Preschool Education sponsored by UNESCO, The Organization of American States, and The World Bank in Monterrey, Mexico. These were followed by other invitations from Guanajuato, Morelia, and Teziutlán in Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia. Dr. Geist has also been asked to present at the prestigious Science of Student Success Conference sponsored by the Human Performance Lab at The University of Chicago, the Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University and the John Hopkins University School of Education. Dr. Geist has published discovery research, integrative articles, and publications about pedagogy.

Dr. Geist has taught and directed the dissertations of many doctoral students in his over 25 years in the field of early childhood education and developed courses such as Dynamics of Human Learning, Writing for Publication, The Constructivist Theory of Jean Piaget, and a course on Democratic Education, de-schooling, and unschooling.

Areas of expertise: Early Childhood Education, Project Approach, Mathematics in Early Childhood, Mathematics and Music, Attachment

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