Osnat Zur is a Senior Program Associate with the Center for Child & Family Studies at WestEd. She serves as Project Director as part of WestEd’s collaboration with the National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning.
Prior to her Project Director role at the national center, Zur had been leading content development for PD2GO, a collection of professional development modules developed for First 5 California designed to support continuous improvement in early childhood programs.
Previously at WestEd, Zur served as the lead researcher and author for the California preschool foundations in the domain of science, and for the state’s preschool curriculum framework in mathematics and in science.
She also developed assessment measures in cognitive development — math and science —for the Desired Results Developmental Profile instrument and for other school readiness instruments.
Zur is a developmental psychologist, with expertise in children’s cognitive development, focusing primarily on the development of mathematical and scientific reasoning.
She received a BA in psychology and a doctorate degree in developmental psychology, both from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA, Zur studied children’s early counting and arithmetic reasoning. She also helped develop a preschool science curriculum and implement the curriculum at several sites of the UCLA Child Care Services.
As a post-doctorate, Zur co-chaired a cross-cultural study on classroom mathematics instruction, and explored analog-based instruction within eighth-grade mathematics classrooms in Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States. The study was published in Science magazine.