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ERIC Number: EJ805848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Teacher and Classroom Characteristics Associated with Teachers' Ratings of Prekindergartners' Relationships and Behaviors
Mashburn, Andrew J.; Hamre, Bridget K.; Downer, Jason T.; Pianta, Robert C.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v24 n4 p367-380 2006
Teachers' ratings of children's competencies may in part reflect characteristics and perspectives of teachers who assigned the ratings, which compromises their validity as a measure of child attributes. The purposes of this study were to use multilevel modeling to (a) estimate between-rater variance in teachers' ratings of children's social behaviors and relationships with teachers and (b) examine characteristics of teachers and classrooms associated with teachers' perceptions of these social competencies. Ratings of 711 children completed by 210 prekindergarten teachers indicated that between 15% and 33% of the total variance in teachers' ratings was attributed to mean differences between raters. After controlling for characteristics of children and their families, teachers' ratings of positive relationships and behaviors were associated with fewer years of experience, higher self-efficacy, non-White race/ethnicity, shorter length programs, better child-teacher ratios, and programs located within school settings. Implications are discussed for interpreting and analyzing teachers' ratings of children's competencies. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Oral and Written Language Scales; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale; Student Teacher Relationship Scale; Teacher Efficacy Scale; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement