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Effects of child care workers' personality on process quality in early child care

  • In this thesis we examined the question whether personality traits of early child care workers influence process quality in preschool. Research has shown that in educational settings such as preschool, pedagogical quality affects children’s developmental outcome (e.g. NICHD, 2002; Peisner-Feinberg et al., 1999). A substantial part of pedagogical quality known to be vital in this respect is the interaction between teacher and children (e.g., Tietze, 2008). Results of prior classroom research indicate that the teachers’ personality might be an important factor for good teacher-child-interaction (Mayr, 2011). Thus, personality traits might play a vital role for the interaction in preschool. Therefore, the aims of this thesis were to a) identify pivotal personality traits of child care workers, b) assess ideal levels of the identified personality traits and c) examine the relationship between pivotal personality traits and process quality. On that account, we conducted two requirement analyses and a video study. The results of these studies showed that subject matter experts (parents, child care workers, lecturers) partly agreed as to which personality traits are pivotal for child care workers. Furthermore, the experts showed high consensus with regard to the minimum, ideal and maximum personality trait profiles. Furthermore, child care workers whose profiles lay closer to the experts’ ideal also showed higher process quality. In addition, regression analyses showed that the child care workers’ levels of the Big Two (Communion and Agency) related significantly to their process quality.

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Author:Ivana Herrmann
Advisor:Manfred Schmitt, Gisela Kammermeyer
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date of completion:2019/10/21
Date of publication:2020/10/12
Publishing institution:Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Universitätsbibliothek
Granting institution:Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Fachbereich 8
Date of final exam:2020/07/16
Release Date:2020/10/12
Personality; Process Quality
GND Keyword:Erzieher; Erzieherin; Persönlichkeit; Pädagogik
Number of pages:XII, 224 Seiten
Institutes:Fachbereich 8
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 155 Differentielle Psychologie, Entwicklungspsychologie
BKL-Classification:77 Psychologie / 77.52 Differentielle Psychologie
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht: § 53 UrhG