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Linking Early Childhood Teachers' Characteristics to Their Perceptions of Students' Abilities and Responsiveness to Online Professional Development

Furnari, Emily
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Furnari, Emily
Advisor
Whittaker, Jessica
Kinzie-Berdel, Mable
Abstract
With this dissertation, I investigate the associations between early childhood teachers’ characteristics (i.e., demographics, beliefs, and skills), and (1) their perception of students’ abilities, (2) their engagement and learning in a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC), and (3) their use and perceptions of online curricular supports. I begin with a linking statement, in which I describe the rationale for this three-manuscript dissertation, and the conceptual links among the three manuscripts. In the first manuscript, I examine teacher characteristics (i.e., demographics, beliefs, and skills) and student characteristics that are related to pre-kindergarten (pre-k) teachers’ perceptions of students’ mathematics abilities. With the second manuscript, I examine the association between early childhood teacher characteristics (i.e., demographic and professional backgrounds, as well as psychological beliefs), and their engagement and learning in a MOOC focused on effective teacher-child interactions. Finally, in the third manuscript, I examine associations between pre-k teachers’ characteristics (i.e., demographic backgrounds, readiness for professional development, teacher-child interaction quality, and technology comfort and habits), and their use, and perceptions, of online curricular supports provided as part of an intervention for early childhood mathematics and science education.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2016
Published Date
2016-03-08
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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