Rural Classroom Environments as Contexts for Teacher-Child Relationships

Varghese, C., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Bratsch-Hines, M.

From the abstract: "The authors examined the associations between observed classroom management and teacher-child relationships with individual children during kindergarten and Grade 1. We used a sample of nonstruggling and struggling readers and their teachers in rural schools in the Southeastern United States to examine whether gender and struggling reader status explained associations between classroom management and conflictual or close teacher-child relationships. After controlling for child- and teacher-level characteristics, results from multilevel model analyses indicated that stronger classroom management was significantly related to less teacher-rated conflict, but was not related to teacher-rated closeness. Gender was a significant moderator, with boys who were in classrooms with lower levels of classroom management having poorer teacher-child relationships as rated by their teachers. Struggling reader status was not a significant moderator of the association between classroom management and teacher-child relationships."

Citation: Varghese, C., Vernon-Feagans, L., & Bratsch-Hines, M. (2019). Rural classroom environments as contexts for teacher-child relationships. The Journal of Educational Research, 112, 411-420.
DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2018.1545214