Date of Award

3-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Gerald Begy

Abstract

This study attempted to determine whether there was a statistically significant difference between first impression scores of Kindergarten students and scores after time. To achieve this purpose, a teacher survey was administered to fifteen Kindergarten teachers. During the first week of school, the teachers were asked to rate five or their students on 18 different characteristics on a scale of 1-5. These characteristics included attitude, social interaction, respect for adults, maturity, independence, behavior, curiosity, risk-taking, creativity, enjoyment of literature, concept of print, understanding of math concepts, memory, academic ability, oral language, physical fitness, fine-motor skills, and socio-economic status. After eight weeks of school, the survey was given again and the teachers rated the same students on the same characteristics.

A t test for paired two sample means was used to analyze the scores of each teacher individually and of all of the teachers together. The results of the study found a borderline significance between the scores of all of the teachers combined and that three out of the fifteen individual teachers had a statistically significant score.

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