Teacher Practices

Abstract

The Teacher Practices Questionnaire: This is a questionnaire administered to teachers having cohort 1, 2, or 3 target children in their classroom during academic years 1994-1995, 1995-1996, 1996-1997, and 1997-1998. This corresponds to grades 4 and 5 for most of the sample. The questionnaire consists of 27 items meant to assess teacher practices, values and classroom-level assessment: classroom activities focused on community service, conflict resolution, teacher goals and priorities for classroom instruction, and comparison of the social competence of the current class to previous classes. Items are codes on item-specific 5-point scales. For most questions, 0 indicates low priority to goals promoted by the Paths curriculum and 4 indicates high priority to these goals. Values are reversed where needed to reflect this orientation.

Items on this measure were constructed to assess 3 constructs. These are:

  • Teacher assessment of their class as compared to previous years on the social-emotional climate
  • Teacher weighting of different educational goals in their philosophy and practice
  • Teacher Management of conflict between students

Three scales for how mediation of classroom conflicts were resolved were created.

Note that at least 50% of the items included in the scales were required for the subject to have a scale score. Otherwise, the scale was considered missing.

The purpose of this data is to assess the universal portion of the Fast Track study. It could be used with additional teacher information for particular research questions not necessarily connected with the Fast Track intervention goals. Subscales were conceptually created by grouping items with particular PATHS objectives and not based on prior analyses. Many of the items have distributional issues that analysts should consider. Also, it should be noted there is no information as the to absolute level of conflicts in a particular classroom so a frame of reference is difficult to ascertain when evaluating teacher responses.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: TyG
Scored Dataset Name: TCPySTc

Keywords

Community Service, Conflict Resolution, Teacher Goals, Social Competence, Student Interaction.