ERIC Number: ED237240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Preschool Teachers' Reactions to Attractive and Unattractive Children: An Observational Study.
Downs, A. Chris; Nelson, Susan
Teacher's behavior toward preschool children varying in attractiveness and children's behavior toward their teachers were investigated. Participating were 64 preschool children and 9 teachers. Children, who attended a private preschool in Houston, Texas, were white, equally divided by sex and age, and from middle-income homes. A group of 30 adult raters determined the attractiveness of the children prior to data collection by rating standard posed photographs of the children. Nine student behaviors judged of interest were categorized as teacher/nonteacher directed, positive/negative, and proximal/physical. Teacher behaviors falling within five response categories were evaluated as positive, negative, or neutral. Observations were made during unstructured play times by 10 undergraduate observers trained in the use of a behavioral checklist; teachers were unaware that they were being observed. Results indicated that behavioral differences do seem to exist between attractive and unattractive children; specifically, unattractive subjects showed higher activity levels. In addition, teachers appeared to react more favorably to children rated as attractive than to those rated unattractive. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Physical Attractiveness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (San Antonio, TX, April 21-23, 1983).