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Preliminary psychometric properties of an observation system to assess teachers' use of effective behavior support strategies in preschool classrooms

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Vujnovic, Rebecca K.; Fabiano, Gregory A.; Waschbusch, Daniel A.; Pelham, William E.; Greiner, Andrew R.; Gera, Shradha; Linke, Stuart; Gormley, Matt; Buck, Melina;
Date Issued: May, 2014
Description: Challenging behaviors are one of the most common concerns of early educators, and preschool teachers continue to report feeling unprepared to meet the needs of children displaying challenging behaviors. Overall, traditional standardized classroom assessments have evaluated global classroom quality, but they may not capture the reciprocal and recursive nature of interactions present in preschool classrooms in a manner that can be easily quantified. The current investigation presents initial psychometric information for the Student Behavior Teacher Response (SBTR) observation scheme, a measure that captures instances of challenging behavior and the teacher's response to the behavior. In a sample of 88 Head Start teachers, the observation system exhibited preliminary evidence of inter-rater score agreement and reliability, as well as convergent and discriminant validity. Implications for educators and early childhood assessments are discussed. (author abstract)
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Funder(s): United States. Administration for Children and Families
Journal Title: Education and Treatment of Children
Volume Number: 37
Issue Number: 2
Page Range: 323-346
Topics: Research & Evaluation Methods > Measures

Child Care & Early Education Quality > Process Quality

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Programs > Early Head Start/Head Start
Country: United States
ISSN: 0748-8491 Paper
1934-8924 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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