Sara E. Rimm-Kaufman & Yu-Jen I. Chiu

This exploratory study examined the contribution of the RC Approach over a two-year period. The RC Approach integrates social and academic learning in order to produce classroom environments that are conducive to learning by integrating social and academic learning. Two questions are addressed. First, how does teachers’ use of RC practices contribute to children’s academic and social growth? Second, how is the relation between teachers’ use of RC practices and children’s academic and social growth moderated by the presence of environmental adversity in the home? Participants included 62 teachers and 157 children at six schools. Findings showed that teachers’ use of RC practices was associated with students’ improved reading achievement, greater closeness between teachers and children, better pro-social skills, more assertiveness, and less fearfulness, even after controlling for family risk and children’s previous years’ performance. Family risk did not moderate the relation between RC practices and children’s performance. These findings suggest to the positive contribution of the RC Approach in relation to children’s gains over a one-year period. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Psychol Schs 44: 397-413, 2007.

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