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Does teacher educational training help the early math skills of English language learners in Head Start?

Authors
 Sunha Kim  ;  Mido Chang  ;  Heejung Kim 
Citation
 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW , Vol.33(5) : 732-740, 2011 
Journal Title
 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW 
ISSN
 0190-7409 
Issue Date
2011
Keywords
Head Start program ; Teachers ; Immigrant children ; Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) analysis
Abstract
To address the early performance gap between native-born and immigrant children and to seek ways to reduce the disparity, the study explored the effect of teacher qualification on early math skills of preschoolers, with focused attention to immigrant children. Particularly, the study examined the effects of teacher educational levels, certification, and professional training, by employing Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) analysis to a US nationally representative database from the Head Start Family and Child Experiences (FACES). The study found a significantly positive effect of teacher qualification for immigrant preschoolers in Head Start, who displayed lower early math skills than their native-born counterparts. Among immigrant preschoolers, those who were with teachers of lower educational levels showed significantly lower early math skills compared with their immigrant peers with teachers of higher educational levels. The study also supported teacher certification and professional training as potential mediators in promoting early math competency of immigrant students, especially with teachers of lower educational levels.
Full Text
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740910003634
DOI
10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.11.019
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Heejung(김희정) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3719-0111
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/158190
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