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Building Capacity for Positive Youth Development in Secondary School Classrooms: Changing Teachers’ Interactions With Students

Robert C. Pianta and Joseph P. Allen

in Toward Positive Youth Development

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327892
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.003.0002
Building Capacity for Positive Youth Development in Secondary School Classrooms: Changing Teachers’ Interactions With Students

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This chapter describes how teachers' social and instructional interactions with students affect their learning and social development, and how a professional development intervention can improve the quality of these interactions. Three particularly important classroom processes are described: supportive relationships between teachers and students; supports for autonomy; and relevance to youth's everyday lives. A teacher professional-development (My Teaching Partner) that targets these classroom processes for improvement is described, as well as a well-validated measure of them (the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, or CLASS).

Keywords: social settings; classroom practices; schools; school climate; instructional practices; teacher-student relationships; professional development

Chapter.  7555 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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