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Teacher Observations of Preschoolers’ Social-Emotional Behavior: A Formative Evaluation

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posted on 21.10.2015 by Claire G. Christensen
Social-emotional competencies—skills for managing one’s emotions and relationships—are integral to children’s academic and social success. Early-childhood educators need quality measures to track and support these competencies. One such measure is the Minnesota Preschool Affect Checklist-Teacher (MPAC-T), a new teacher observation tool. This paper describes a formative evaluation of a rater training program for teachers learning to use the MPAC-T.Twenty-two early-childhood educators participated in a pretest; a laboratory visit including MPAC-T training, a post-test, and focus groups; and a one-week follow-up. Teachers rated videos more accurately at post-test than at pre-test. Teachers’ post-test ratings were moderately accurate and consistent over time. Multi-facet Rasch measurement analyses revealed specific items and videos that were rated least accurately. Focus group responses highlighted specific ways the MPAC-T training program can be revised to improve the accuracy of teachers’ ratings.

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Advisor

Zinsser, Katherine M.

Department

Psychology

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

Doctoral

Committee Member

Myford, Carol M. Trickett, Edison Roy, Amanda L. Domitrovich, Celene

Submitted date

2015-08

Language

en

Issue date

21/10/2015

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