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ERIC Number: ED046946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 179
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The Effects of Teacher Behavior on the Language Development of Head Start Children.
Levy, Alan William
This study was concerned with the effects of specified dimensions of teacher behavior on the language development of socially disadvantaged preschool children enrolled in Head Start. The hupothesis, later verified by the findings, was that teachers showing high levels of competence in eliciting verbal behavior from their pupils and rewarding them appropriately, in providing a language model for children, and in maintaining positive social-emotional relationships would aid their pupils' language development. Eighteen teachers were observed teaching 295 children, were rated on three 10-item subscales of the Observational-Rating Instrument constructed for the study, and were divided by ratings into high, middle, and low teacher-behavior groups. Language development was quantified by five subtests of the Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities and an additive Composite Score. An analysis of covariance was used to test the general hypothesis and to adjust for variations in uncontrolled, related factors. Significant differences among the three teacher-behavior groups were obtained on all language indices except the Auditory-Vocal Automatic subtest. The highest-rated teacher-behavior groups also had the highest language scores on the initial administration of tests. (Author/DD)
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