Child-related factors that influence teacher-child relationships using an Australian national sample

Walker, Sue & Teo, Shu Lin Cheryl (2014) Child-related factors that influence teacher-child relationships using an Australian national sample. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(2), pp. 51-59.

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This study assessed the extent to which child-related factors had an impact on teacher-child relationships in Australian childcare settings. Analyses used data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). The sample consisted of 1577 two to three year old children (M= 33.9 months, SD=2.93; 51.5% male). Two separate hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine the relation between teachers’ perceptions of their relationships with children and (a) gender, (b), indigenous status, (c), language background other than English, (d), socio-economic position, (e) special health care needs, (f) expression and receptive language concerns, (g) psychosocial competence and problems and (h) temperament factors (approach, persistence and reactivity). Results indicated that special health care needs, receptive language concerns and all three temperament scales (approach, persistence and reactivity) significantly predicted conflict in teacher-child relationships. Close relationships were predicted by being female, indigenous status, higher socio-economic position, not having a special health care need and no expressive language concerns.

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ID Code: 62707
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Teacher child relationships, Early childhood, Child Care
ISSN: 0312-5033
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2013 22:01
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2014 01:44

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