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An Examination of the Parent-teacher Relationship as Universal Protection against Preschool Expulsion

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posted on 01.08.2020, 00:00 by Courtney Zulauf
Across the United States, rates of preschool expulsion exceed those in K-12 and relatively little is known of how to prevent such disciplinary decisions. Adding to the concerning rate in which children are being expelled, is that preschool expulsion disproportionately affects children of color, especially boys. The present study explores a potential protective strategy existent in all early childhood centers, the relationship formed between parents and teachers. Surveys and interviews with early childhood teachers and parents outline the association between the parent-teacher relationship and a child’s risk for expulsion. Quantitative findings indicate that high-quality parent-teacher relationships are related to a lower risk for expulsion for children who have not been expelled, with the strongest association found for Black children. Interviews with teachers and parents of children who have been expelled provide rich detail about protective practices and styles of interactions between parents and teachers that can be used in future training programs and interventions.

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Advisor

Zinsser, Katherine

Chair

Zinsser, Katherine

Department

Psychology

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

Doctoral

Degree name

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Weissberg, Roger Mermelstein, Robin Herbener , Ellen Gilliam, Walter

Submitted date

August 2020

Thesis type

application/pdf

Language

en

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