Child care quarterly

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 312–320 | Cite as

Preschool teachers' estimates of children's abilities and sources of bias

  • Andrew S. Bondy
  • John C. Norcross
  • Robert Constantino


Preschool teachers and staff completed questionnaires for 58 preschool children. Ratings for overall ability, verbal and quantitative skills, perceptual performance skills as well as likability and sociability were obtained. The pooled ratings were correlated with McCarthy Scale scores for the children. Very strong (r>.63) correlations were found between teachers' estimates and the children's McCarthy scores. No significant correlations were found between likability or sociability estimates and the child's McCarthy scores. A mild correlation (r=.29) was found between teachers' estimates of sociability and their overall estimate of ability, while no significant correlation was found between likability estimates and overall ability estimates. In general, it appears that preschool teachers can provide reasonable estimates of children's cognitive skills without undue bias from non-academic sources.


Social Psychology Likability Estimate Scale Score Preschool Child Reasonable Estimate 
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© Human Sciences Press 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew S. Bondy
    • 1
  • John C. Norcross
    • 2
  • Robert Constantino
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRutgers UniversityCamden
  2. 2.University of South CarolinaUSA
  3. 3.University of Rhode IslandUSA

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