From college to kindergarten: teacher education background and student achievement Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Charlton, Lee Boyd
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • This study examined teacher education background and developmentally based teaching practices as predictors of student achievement in kindergarten. Participants were approximately 17,000 kindergarteners and 3,000 teachers from a national longitudinal study. Using multilevel regression and hierarchical linear models, this study found that only Elementary Certification was associated with math achievement in kindergarten, and this association was negative. Additionally, while certain aspects of a teacher education background (including Early Childhood Certification and Early Education coursework) predict different developmentally based practices, these developmentally based practices were not found to have a significant association with Spring kindergarten student achievement in either reading or math. Further, the only teacher characteristic found to significantly influence spring achievement scores in both math and reading was instructional time. This study's findings stress the importance of family and individual characteristics as predictors of kindergarten student achievement and the necessity to continue research in these areas.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Education."
  • Gallagher, Kathleen Cranley
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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