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The challenging pupil in the classroom: the effect of the child on the teacher.

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Houts, RM; Caspi, A; Pianta, RC; Arseneault, L; Moffitt, TE
Published in: Psychological science
December 2010

Teaching children requires effort, and some children naturally require more effort than others. In this study, we tested whether teacher effort devoted to individual children varies as a function of each child's personal characteristics. In a nationwide longitudinal study of 1,102 pairs of twins followed for 7 years, between the ages of 5 and 12 years, we asked teachers about the effort they invested in each child in our study. We found that teacher effort was a function of heritable child characteristics, that a child's challenging behavior assessed at 5 years of age predicted teacher effort toward the same child at 12 years of age, and that challenging child behavior and teacher effort share a common etiology with respect to children's genes. We found that child effects accounted for a significant proportion of variance in teacher effort, but also observed variation in effort exerted by teachers that could not be attributed to children's behavior. Treating children who exhibit challenging behavior and enhancing teachers' skills in managing such behavior could increase the time and energy teachers have to deliver their curriculum in class.

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Psychological science

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EISSN

1467-9280

ISSN

0956-7976

Publication Date

December 2010

Volume

21

Issue

12

Start / End Page

1802 / 1810

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Twins, Monozygotic
  • Twins, Dizygotic
  • Teaching
  • Students
  • Psychology, Educational
  • Male
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Humans
  • Female
 

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Houts, R. M., Caspi, A., Pianta, R. C., Arseneault, L., & Moffitt, T. E. (2010). The challenging pupil in the classroom: the effect of the child on the teacher. Psychological Science, 21(12), 1802–1810. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610388047
Houts, Renate M., Avshalom Caspi, Robert C. Pianta, Louise Arseneault, and Terrie E. Moffitt. “The challenging pupil in the classroom: the effect of the child on the teacher.Psychological Science 21, no. 12 (December 2010): 1802–10. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610388047.
Houts RM, Caspi A, Pianta RC, Arseneault L, Moffitt TE. The challenging pupil in the classroom: the effect of the child on the teacher. Psychological science. 2010 Dec;21(12):1802–10.
Houts, Renate M., et al. “The challenging pupil in the classroom: the effect of the child on the teacher.Psychological Science, vol. 21, no. 12, Dec. 2010, pp. 1802–10. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797610388047.
Houts RM, Caspi A, Pianta RC, Arseneault L, Moffitt TE. The challenging pupil in the classroom: the effect of the child on the teacher. Psychological science. 2010 Dec;21(12):1802–1810.
Journal cover image

Published In

Psychological science

DOI

EISSN

1467-9280

ISSN

0956-7976

Publication Date

December 2010

Volume

21

Issue

12

Start / End Page

1802 / 1810

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Twins, Monozygotic
  • Twins, Dizygotic
  • Teaching
  • Students
  • Psychology, Educational
  • Male
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Humans
  • Female