Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Measuring cultural aspects of teacher-child interactions to foster equitable developmental opportunities for young Latino children

Share
Description:
Debates continue about how to teach young Latinos and other minoritized children in the US. Latinos are a compelling case because of (1) their size and (2) their paradoxical development: strong social competencies yet relatively weak academic development. A suggestion is to provide young Latinos with classroom experiences that resonate with the ways they are socialized at home, yet cultural dimensions of teaching in early education are underspecified and reliable and valid measures do not exist. We frame equitable teacher-child interactions as the combination of generic and cultural aspects, and as a way to utilize the social assets of Latinos in classrooms to enhance their academic development. We refine an observation protocol-the Classroom Assessment of Sociocultural Interactions (CASI)-by integrating cultural concepts from the Learning by Observing and Pitching In (LOPI) paradigm with videos of K-1 classrooms in Central Mexico, and conduct a series of psychometric analyses. We find good model fit and moderate reliability for the CASI and discuss research and practice implications to foster equitable developmental opportunities for Latino children across early education settings. (author abstract)
Resource Type:
Reports & Papers
Country:
Mexico

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. They are found by comparing the topic, author, and resource type of the currently selected resource to the rest of the library’s publications.

Variability in preschool CLASS scores and children’s school readiness

Reports & Papersview

Examining the role of varying levels of classroom quality for toddlers in Early Head Start and subsidized child care programs: Understanding threshold effects

Reports & Papersview

Hungry is not safe: A mixed methods study to explore food insecurity in early care and education

Reports & Papersview