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Investigating Bidirectional Links Between the Quality of Teacher-Child Relationships and Children’s Interest and Pre‐Academic Skills in Literacy and Math (2021)


Pakarinen, E., Lerkkanen, M., Viljaranta, J., & Suchodoletz, A. (2021). Investigating Bidirectional Links Between the Quality of Teacher-Child Relationships and Children’s Interest and Pre‐Academic Skills in Literacy and Math. Child Development, 92(1), 388-407. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13431


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All authors or editorsPakarinen, Eija; Lerkkanen, Marja‐Kristiina; Viljaranta, Jaana; Suchodoletz, Antje

Journal or seriesChild Development

ISSN0009-3920

eISSN1467-8624

Publication year2021

Publication date08/08/2020

Volume92

Issue number1

Pages range388-407

PublisherWiley-Blackwell

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13431

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71396


Abstract

This study investigated bidirectional links between the quality of teacher-child relationships and children’s interest and pre‐academic skills in literacy and math. Furthermore, differences in the patterns of bidirectionality between boys and girls were explored. Participants were 461 Finnish kindergarteners (6‐year‐olds) and their teachers (n = 48). Teachers reported their closeness and conflict with each child twice throughout the kindergarten year. Children rated their interest in literacy and math, and were tested on their pre‐academic skills. Cross‐lagged path models indicated that teacher‐perceived conflict predicted lower interest and pre‐academic skills in both literacy and math. Results were similar for boys and girls. Implications for reducing conflictual patterns of relationships, together with promoting other factors, are discussed.


Keywordsearly childhood education and carepreschoolteacher-pupil relationshippreschool pupilsliteracymathematical skills

Free keywordsteacher-child relationships; literacy; math


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Reporting Year2021

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