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ERIC Number: EJ1141782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
The Role of Scheduling in Observing Teacher-Child Interactions
Cash, Anne H.; Pianta, Robert C.
School Psychology Review, v43 n4 p428-449 Dec 2014
Observational assessment is being used on a large scale to evaluate the quality of interactions between teachers and children in classroom environments. When one performs observations at scale, features of the protocol such as the scheduling of observations can potentially influence observed scores. In this study interactions were observed for 88 teachers across 814 videos. The associations between observed scores using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System and characteristics of the protocol, specifically the day of the week, month of the year, and duration of an observation cycle in minutes, were examined through multilevel modeling. Preliminary evidence indicates few significant associations. The quality of instructional support interactions peaked in the months of December and January, and the quality of classroom organization peaked in February through April. Observation cycles that were shorter in duration were rated more positively regarding classroom organization. Future opportunities for research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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