All Together Now: Measuring Staff Cohesion in Special Education Classrooms.

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TitleAll Together Now: Measuring Staff Cohesion in Special Education Classrooms.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKratz, HE, Locke, J, Piotrowski, Z, Ouellette, RR, Xie, M, Stahmer, AC, Mandell, DS
JournalJ Psychoeduc Assess
Volume33
Issue4
Pagination329-338
Date Published2015 Jul
ISSN0734-2829
Abstract

This study sought to validate a new measure, the Classroom Cohesion Survey (CCS), designed to examine the relationship between teachers and classroom assistants in autism support classrooms. Teachers, classroom assistants, and external observers showed good inter-rater agreement on the CCS and good internal consistency for all scales. Simple factor structures were found for both teacher- and classroom assistant-rated scales, with one-factor solutions for both scales. Paired tests revealed that on average, classroom assistants rated classroom cohesion stronger than teachers. The CCS may be an effective tool for measuring cohesion between classroom staff and may have an important impact on various clinical and implementation outcomes in school settings.

DOI10.1177/0734282914554853
Alternate JournalJ Psychoeduc Assess
PubMed ID26213443
PubMed Central IDPMC4512664
Grant ListF31 MH088172 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 MH100199 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH083717 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
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