Classroom Relationships that Promote Children’s Enthusiasm for Learning
The Classroom Study
|Principal Investigator |
Children who are disliked by their peers are highly likely to experience future school failure, high school dropout, and reduced job attainment - even after statistical control of early academic skills. Yet little is known about how and why these peer-rejected children embark on a path towards poor academic achievement, nor possible ways in which teachers can intervene in this destructive cycle using regular, day-to-day instructional practices. I propose to assess classrooms of elementary school-age children three times over the course of a school year. I hypothesize that peer rejection, in interaction with children’s behavior problems, will predict a negative trajectory towards withdrawal from class participation and disengagement from school, which in turn contribute to declining academic achievement. However and most crucially, teachers who (a) set overt classroom norms of tolerance and respect, (b) believe that peer rejection is malleable and influenced by the classroom environment, and (c) intervene proactively when children are being teased or excluded, will mitigate these concerning outcomes.
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