ERIC Number: ED465252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher and Counselor Perceptions of Children's Strengths at Elementary, Middle, and High School Levels.
Friedman, Karen A.; Friedman, Philip; Leone, Peter
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the consistencies and the differences revealed among teachers and school counselors when using the Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale (BERS) to rate the strengths of children at three separate school levels: elementary, middle, and high school. The sample included 60 children (ages 8-17) suspended from Washington, D.C. area public schools for committing a serious behavioral transgression and placed in an alternative school. Findings suggest that the overall assessment instrument is comprehensive. Analysis of results showed significant convergent validity among raters. However, ratings from both teachers and counselors contained significant amounts of variance and correlated highly with total subscale score. In addition, analysis of the subscale means revealed sources of differences or uniqueness in responses by different informants. Counselors rated children higher on specific family involvement items, and the teachers gave higher scores on school functioning. The most striking results were the consistent differences between school levels in reports by teachers and counselors on almost every subscale. In many instances children at the middle school grade levels were rated as much as 3 points below the normative mean, while elementary school children scored 3 points above the mean. (Contains 12 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Behavior Disorders, Behavior Rating Scales, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Evaluation Methods, Interrater Reliability, School Counselors, Student Behavior, Student Evaluation, Teacher Expectations of Students, Test Validity
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale