Dennis And O'Connor 2013 Utilized Mixed Design Research Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 2 Subject: Teaching Type: Research Paper Paper: #40779308 Related Topics: Homeschooling, Parents Involvement, Inferential Statistics, Parental Involvement In Education
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Dennis and O'Connor (2013) utilized mixed design consisting of a correlational design (a non-experimental quantitative study) and two qualitative case studies to answer the following three research questions:

Is there an association between the classroom process quality and the organizational climate?

Are there different associations between classroom process quality and the overall organizational climate vs. The relational organizational climate?

Do associations between the overall organizational climate, the relational organizational climate, and the classroom process quality vary as a function of the teacher (specifically the teacher's education and experience)?

Thus the variables in the study were measures of classroom process quality, organizational climate, relational organizational climate, and teacher's education and experience. The participants were 37 teachers and 40 directors from community-based preschool centers. Classroom quality was measured by 23 items from The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale -- Revised. The survey requires raters (five were used) and inter-rater reliability was established with a master coder (86% agreement). Validity of the measure has been previously established with factor-analytic studies. Organizational climate was measured with two measures: The Early Childhood Work Environment Survey. This measure has reported excellent internal...


The second measure used was The Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire for Elementary Schools. Reported alphas for the subscales ranged from .78 to .94 and validity has been established via factor analytic studies. Two demographic surveys were administered to the teachers.

All descriptive statistics and much of the inferential analysis results were presented in tables. Multiple regression models were used with quality of classroom results as the dependent variable and organizational climate scores as the predictors (thus significance and measures of magnitude). Control variables consisted of teacher education, director experience, director education, and teacher-child ratio. Four models were run: Model one included just the control variables. Model two consisted of the control variables plus a variable for relational organizational climate. Model three included the control variables and a variable for overall organizational climate. Model four included the control variables, relational climate, and overall organizational climate (full model). Finally two teachers were selected based on their demographic data and used as descriptive case studies expand on the quantitative findings be means of qualitative descriptions of their experiences.

Study Two

LaForett and Mendez (2010) utilized a longitudinal correlational design (hence it is a non-experimental quantitative study) to answer several questions regarding the…

Sources Used in Documents:


Dennis, S.E., & O'Connor, E. (2013). Reexamining quality in early childhood education:

Exploring the relationship between the organizational climate and the classroom. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 27(1), 74-92.

LaForett, D.R., & Mendez, J.L. (2010). Parent involvement, parental depression, and program satisfaction among low-income parents participating in a two-generation early childhood education program. Early Education and Development, 21(4), 517-535.

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