Title page for ETD etd-11132007-142342

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Durham, Richard Sean
Author's Email Address rdurha3@lsu.edu, rsdurham@utk.edu
URN etd-11132007-142342
Title The Sociomoral Atmosphere Rating Template (SMART): An Investigation of Reliability and Validity
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert Laird Committee Chair
Joan Benedict Committee Member
Loren Marks Committee Member
Teresa Buchanan Committee Member
Jane Cassidy Dean's Representative
  • hidden curriculum
  • sociomoral atmosphere
  • constructivism
  • developmentally appropriate practice
  • accountability
  • non-cognitive skills
Date of Defense 2007-07-12
Availability unrestricted
This study describes the development of the Sociomoral Atmosphere Rating Template (SMART), an instrument designed to rate the sociomoral atmosphere in early childhood classrooms, and an investigation of the instrument's reliability and validity. Results indicate that individuals can be trained to reliably use the SMART and that the measure is internally consistent. In addition to its face validity, results indicate that the SMART has convergent validity when compared to the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale - Revised (Harms, Clifford, & Cryer, 1998) and the Teacher Interaction Scale (Arnett, 1989). Comparisons at the subscale level suggest discriminant validity. Implications and plans for further research are provided.
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