A1 Journal article (refereed)
Longitudinal associations between teacher-child interactions and academic skills in elementary school (2017)


Pakarinen, E., Lerkkanen, M.-K., Poikkeus, A.-M., Salminen, J., Silinskas, G., Siekkinen, M., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2017). Longitudinal associations between teacher-child interactions and academic skills in elementary school. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 52, 191-202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2017.08.002


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All authors or editors: Pakarinen, Eija; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija; Salminen, Jenni; Silinskas, Gintautas; Siekkinen, Martti; Nurmi, Jari-Erik

Journal or series: Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

ISSN: 0193-3973

eISSN: 1873-7900

Publication year: 2017

Volume: 52

Issue number: 0

Pages range: 191-202

Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc.

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2017.08.002

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/63777


Abstract

This study examined the extent to which the quality of teacher-child interactions assessed in kindergarten (6-year-olds) is associated with children's reading and math development across the elementary school years. The sample consisted of 515 Finnish children (271 boys, 244 girls). Teacher-child interactions were observed in 49 kindergarten classrooms. The findings from the latent growth curve models showed that high-quality teacher–child interactions in kindergarten were positively associated with the initial levels of reading and math skills. Furthermore, the results indicated that high-quality teacher-child interactions in kindergarten were positively associated with children's academic skills four years later. The results emphasize the importance of strong emotional, organizational, and instructional supports in kindergarten for further development of academic skills.


Keywords: day care centres; children (age groups); preschool children (age group); teacher-pupil relationship; reading; literacy; mathematics; mathematical skills; preschool education

Free keywords: teacher-child interactions; kindergarten; academic skills; long-term associations


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Reporting Year: 2017

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