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ERIC Number: EJ800148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
Teacher-Child Relationships and Pedagogical Practices: Considering the Teacher's Perspective
Thijs, Jochem T.; Koomen, Helma M. Y.; van der Leij, Aryan
School Psychology Review, v37 n2 p244-260 2008
This study explored the link between teachers' reports of their relationships with individual kindergartners and their self-reported pedagogical practices toward these children. Two samples of kindergarten teachers were examined. They were questioned about, respectively, 117 and 167 children selected as socially inhibited, hyperactive, or average relative to their classmates. Multilevel regression analyses revealed significant associations between relationship characteristics and teachers' practices independent of children's behaviors. Teachers reported more socioemotional support and more behavior regulation for children with whom they reportedly had unfavorable (dependent, conflicted, or distant) relationships. Teachers' appraisals of children's behaviors partly mediated the links between their ratings of the teacher-child relationship and their practice reports. Results qualify the idea that supportive teacher behaviors are a defining characteristic of positive teacher-child relationships, and further underline the need to include teachers' relationship perceptions in practical assessments of children referred for emotional or behavioral problems. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A