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Temas em Psicologia

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FEITOSA, Fabio Biasotto; PRETTE, Zilda A. P. Del  and  LOUREIRO, Sonia Regina. Teachers' accuracy in identifying students with learning problems. Temas psicol. [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.2, pp.237-247. ISSN 1413-389X.

International studies have pointed out the teachers' accuracy in identifying children with learning problems. In Brazil, however, there are no researches exploring this accuracy with direct indicators of students' academic performance. The present study aimed: (1) compare the teachers' rating with a direct evaluation of children's academic performance; (2) probe the possibility of behavior problems affecting the teachers' accuracy in the Academic Competence scale (AC) of the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS-BR); and (3) present preliminary validation data of this subscale. In two correlation studies with 49 children from Sao Paulo (SP) and 22 from Cacoal (RO), the results showed that the two indicators of academic competence were positively correlated each other and negatively with behavior problems, evidencing the validity for the teachers' accuracy in the AC scale of SSRS-BR. Methodological and practical implications for further studies and for the screening of learning problems are discussed.

Keywords : Learning problems; Psychopedagogy; Psychometrics; Behavior problems; Teacher.

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