Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Tracing children's approaches to learning through Head Start, kindergarten, and first grade: Different pathways to different outcomes

Share
Description:
This article reports on the study of differential change trajectories for early childhood approaches to learning. A large sample (N = 2,152) of Head Start children was followed through prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade. Classroom learning behaviors were assessed by teachers through the Preschool Learning Behaviors Scale twice in Head Start and through the Learning Behaviors Scale twice in both kindergarten and first grade. Item response theory was applied to form continuous scales of Competence Motivation and Attentional Persistence, using multiple-group calibration with linking items and Bayesian score estimates. Cross-classified multilevel growth models demonstrated that the new vertical scales are able to detect distinct linear and higher order change patterns for Competence Motivation and Attentional Persistence across the transition years and to differentiate change trajectories emblematic of eventual second-grade academic proficiency versus nonproficiency in reading, vocabulary, language, mathematics, and science. (author abstract)
Resource Type:
Reports & Papers
Country:
United States

Related resources include summaries, versions, measures (instruments), or other resources in which the current document plays a part. Research products funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation are related to their project records.

- You May Also Like

These resources share similarities with the current selection.

California Head Start child outcomes bulletin 2012: California Head Start programs increase school readiness for children

Reports & Papers

Florida Head Start: A portrait of our Head Start children's outcomes 2004-05

Reports & Papers

The Head Start advantage: Success in Early Head Start

Fact Sheets & Briefs
Release: 'v1.21.0' | Built: 2022-11-18 17:25:04 EST