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The Latent Profiles Emerging From the Individualized Classroom Assessment Scoring System: A Cultural Perspective

Fri, April 9, 4:10 to 5:40pm EDT (4:10 to 5:40pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Early Education and Child Development Paper and Symposium Sessions


As preschool turns into a typical setting in early childhood, it seems essential to better understand the nature of children’s preschool experiences. The Individualized Classroom Assessment Scoring System (inCLASS) is an American observational tool that assesses the social and behavioral interactions typical of a three to five-year-old child in the natural environment of a childcare center (Downer et al., 2010). However, it is very likely that a study of a cultural environment distinctive from that of the United States might highlight different profiles of children since the educational approaches vary and are imbedded in the culture of the country. A Latent Profile Analysis was used to create profiles of children’s engagement according to the inCLASS domains which revealed cultural differences.