Who Is Most Popular?

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other child in the classroom and it also decreases the chance that a child will not be chosen due to the class roster. This measure has been reported to be fairly stable (Wu, Hart, Draper, & Olsen, 2001) It is also important to look at the ratings from each subject child individually to get a sense of how he evaluates his own peer relationships in both quality and in number, and the ratings will be compared between children to make sure that the perceived relationships of the subject child are not just one sided. Peer nominations Peer popularity will also be measured. We will use peer nominations to the questions “Who is most popular in your class?” and “Who is least popular in your class?” (Cillessen, Schwartz, & Mayeux, 2011.) Each child may write down as many names as they want in a ranking system but they may not write their own name. These peer nominations will be examined and each child’s overall nominations will be used to determine their popularity. Student Teacher Relationship Scale Teacher—Child relationships will be assessed using the STRS measure (Pianta, 2001.) This measure has three main areas, Closeness, Conflict, and dependency, all with five response choices. All of these facets of a teacher-child relationship can be measured by questionnaire, with the following statements rated upon a 5 point rating scale as examples: “I share an affectionate, warm relationship with this child,” as a measure of closeness, “This child and I always seem to be struggling with
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