Cross-Informant Evaluations of Preschoolers’ Adjustment in Different Cultures

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Abstract

An accurate and agreed upon evaluation of preschoolers' behavior is crucial for young children's positive development. This study explores possible cultural differences in cross-informants’ evaluations. The premise is that informants who are from different cultures tend to give different evaluations of preschoolers’ adjustment and/or that the disparity size between informants differs across different cultures. Data on children’s kindergarten adjustment, early development and current behavior at home were collected among 135 Arab and Jewish Israeli preschoolers, as evaluated by their kindergarten teachers, parents, and independent observers who conducted home visits. The study findings indicate that, generally speaking, Arab children received more positive evaluations than Jewish children, with no significant gender or interaction effect. Nevertheless, that culture effect was non-significant when the teachers evaluated the children’s problem behavior. Thus, the current study results support the notion that profound bias may exist in adults’ evaluations of preschoolers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-650
Number of pages10
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Cross-informant evaluations
  • Cultural differences
  • Kindergarten
  • Preschoolers

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