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ERIC Number: ED549004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 106
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-5063-3
Relationship between Emergent Literacy Skills and Social Competence in Head Start Children
Maederer, Jennifer L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
The primary purpose of the current research was to determine whether low-income, high-risk young children's emergent literacy skills, including measures of oral language and letter knowledge, were related to their social competence. Other goals included determining the reliability of a social competence rating scale, the Social Competence Performance Checklist, when completed by the current sample of Head Start teachers as well as evaluating the impact of age and gender on children's social competence. Current results were not consistent with the hypothesis that emergent literacy skills would predict social competence when controlling for children's age and gender. However, as predicted, teachers' ratings of children's positive social competence were found to be significantly associated with a letter naming task and a picture naming task, which provided some support for an expected social competence-early literacy relationship. The Social Competence Performance Checklist was determined to be reliable when completed by the current sample of Head Start teachers. In addition, social competence was found to relate to age in the expected direction, with positive behaviors increasing and challenging behaviors decreasing as children progressed in age. Also as hypothesized, girls were found to display higher levels of positive behaviors than boys, while boys displayed higher levels of challenging behaviors than girls. Study limitations and directions for future research are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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