Student-Teacher Relationship Scale
Measure Administered: Head Start year pre-intervention, Head Start year post-intervention
Pianta, R. C. (2001). Student-Teacher Relationship Scale: Professional Manual. Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.
Description: The Student-Teacher Relationship Scale, a questionnaire completed by each teacher, consists of 16 items assessing how the teacher gets along with a particular child in her or his classroom.
Due to limited time available for assessment, our version is an abbreviated version of the original, 28-item scale. The original scale consisted of 3 subscales: conflict (12 items), closeness (11 items), and dependency (5 items). Our version includes the 8 highest factor loading items from the conflict subscale and the 8 highest factor loading items from the closeness subscale. No items were included from the dependency subscale.
Scoring: Teachers rated each item using a 5-point Likert scale. Response options included: definitely does not apply (1), does not really apply (2), neutral or not sure (3), applies somewhat (4), definitely applies (5). As in the original version of the Student-Teacher Relationship Scale, we calculated a total score. Items from the conflict subscale were reverse scored, and the total of that subscale was then combined with the total from the closeness subscale.