Helicopter parents and ‘hothouse children’—WVU researcher explores the high stakes of family dynamics

Kristin Moilanen, associate professor of child development and family studies, said the phenomenon of helicopter parenting most often occurs in middle- to upper-class families where stakes are high for parents to be able to show off their children’s success. Her research, which focuses on young adults 18- to 24- years-old, indicates that high helicopter parenting leads to “low mastery, self-regulation and social competence.”

New technology helps WVU Online train much-needed teachers

New technology is helping pre-K teachers studying online at West Virginia University to complete their student teaching in their home communities. With a new “virtual” system, professors are using video to observe student teachers in the classroom and computer technology to meet with them remotely to discuss their teaching.