Author: Ready, Douglas D., & Wright, David L.

Title: Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Teachers' Perceptions of Young Children's Cognitive Abilities: The Role of Child Background and Classroom Context

University Affiliation: Columbia University


Research Question: 1. Are teachers more or less accurate in predicting the cognitive skills of students with particular sociodemographic backgrounds? One would expect a certain amount of inaccuracy in teacher perceptions of their students' skills. But is this error in teacher estimates randomly distributed, or is it systematically related to children's socio-demographic characteristics? 2. To what extent do teacher characteristics and classroom and school contexts explain teacher perceptual accuracy? For example, are experienced teachers’ better judges of their students' skills? Are teacher perceptions more accurate in racially, socioeconomically, or academically homogeneous classrooms? In smaller versus larger classrooms? In public versus private schools? 3. How is teacher accuracy influenced by the interplay between student and teacher or classroom characteristics? For instance, are teachers more accurate in estimating the skills of students with whom they share a racial-ethnic back ground? Are teacher assessments of low-SES children less biased in smaller classrooms?

Published: Yes

Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation: American Educational Research Journal

Journal Entry: Vol. 48 No.2 pp. 335-360

Year: 2011


Scholarship Type Journal Article Empirical Research

Keywords: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Gender, Minorities, Race, Racial Composition, School Characteristics, Teacher Quality, Teachers

Regions National

Methodologies: Quantitative

Research Designs: Secondary Data

Method of Analysis: Multilevel Models

Sampling Frame: Kindergarten Students

Sample Types: Nationally Representative

Unit of Analysis: Classroom, School, Student

Data Types: Quantitative-Longitudinal

Data Description:


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