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Teachers' supports and children's engagement: Testing for bidirectional associations

Our recent study examined links between teachers' supports for learning and children's engagement over the course of a typical preschool day. Two aspects of teachers' behaviors were explored: emotional and organizational supports. Four aspects of children's engagement were examined: positive engagement with teachers, peers, and tasks, as well as negative engagement. We found teacher-provided supports were related to children's engagement later in the school day. In two instances, there was a bidirectional relationship in which children's behaviors influenced teachers' later provision of emotional and organizational supports. (author abstract)
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