Investigation of dimensions of social-emotional classroom behavior and school readiness for low-income urban preschool children

John Fantuzzo, Rebecca Bulotsky-Shearer, Paul A. McDermott, Christine McWayne, Douglas Frye, Staci Perlman

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Abstract

The present study identified higher order relationships among teacher assessments of approaches to learning and emotional and behavioral adjustment constructs for low-income urban preschool children. It examined the unique contribution of these dimensions to cognitive and social competencies and risk of poor academic outcomes. Analyses of a large representative sample of urban Head Start children revealed two distinct and reliable higher order dimensions of classroom adjustment behavior: regulated and academically disengaged behavior. Both dimensions contributed unique variance to the prediction of early mathematics ability and general classroom competencies before kindergarten entry, controlling for child demographics. Each dimension also contributed independently to the prediction of academic risk, controlling for child demographics. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-62
Number of pages19
JournalSchool Psychology Review
Volume36
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 18 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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