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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19159

Title: Educators’ Understanding of Child Development in Successful Schools that Face Challenging Circumstances
Authors: Pollon, Dawn E.
Advisor: Jang, Eunice
Department: Human Development and Applied Psychology
Keywords: Educators' understanding
Child development
Social-emotional development
Cognitive development
Issue Date: 25-Feb-2010
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine how educators who teach in schools that face challenging circumstances understand child development and the school context, and how their understanding of child development is manifested through non-academic responses to these challenging circumstances. Using mixed methods to explore and compare the results of survey data (N = 209) with interview data (N = 48) this study examines 10 schools that face challenging circumstances that have also demonstrated trends of success on provincially administered standardized assessments. Analysis reveals the findings that educators understand the challenging circumstances their students face to be developmental in nature, that educators’ believe that these challenges involve students’ physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development, and that educators respond to these challenges by implementing non-academic and co-curricular programs that are developmentally based. This study finds that all 10 schools have implemented developmental programs that foster the success of students. These findings suggest that educators offset the developmental disadvantages their students face as a result of the community, school, and their home environments. This study finds that these educators believe students’ social-emotional development is intertwined with student cognitive development. Further, these educators have expanded the traditional performance-based construct of student “success” to include a range of success that includes child social-emotional developmental success, and in expanding their understanding of student success, have arrived at an innovative, developmentally-based approach to facing challenging circumstances in schools.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19159
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