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ERIC Number: ED176855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Social Competence in the Preschool: A Multivariate View.
Connolly, Jennifer; Doyle, Anna-Beth
This study was designed to provide additional understanding of the construct of social competence by using multiple assessments, including both behavioral and inferential techniques. Indices of qualitative social behaviors and of quantitative interaction dimensions were collected on 66 preschoolers during free play. Scores on the Kohn and Rosman Social Competence Scale, on a picture sociometric test and on a teacher ranking of peer popularity were also obtained. Age and IQ estimates were additionally recorded. Multivariate techniques, including factor analysis, multiple regression, and canonical correlation, were used to investigate the overlap among behavioral and inferential data sets. Results indicated that the greatest degree of overlap occurred between the teacher-derived social competence measures, developmental maturity, and the behavioral factors defined by the frequent use of successful social behaviors such as attention-eliciting, question-asking, directing a peer's activities and competing for toys. Peer popularity and the quantitative interaction factors were less clearly convergent with these measures. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979)