Development in School Contexts

Department of Psychology


Welcome to Dr. Tim Curby's Development in School Contexts (DISC) Lab website! Our work examines how children grow and behave when in classrooms settings. Specifically, we examine how teacher-child interactions serve as a mechanism for children's development. Much of our current work examines children's social and emotional development in classroom settings. Among others, questions that we ask are: What are the interactions of an effective teacher like? For whom are they effective? Why do some children do so well with one teacher but not another?

We are also interested in the measurement of teacher-child interactions. If we can't measure these interactions well, then we are going to have difficulty (reliably) relating these interactions to children's development. Measuring interactions is difficult because they are enormously complex and they are constantly changing. Thus, we have a series of measurement questions that we ask, too, including: What are the observable behaviors teachers are doing that promote children's emotional skills? How stable are teacher-child interactions? How large are rater effects in measuring teacher-child interactions and how do we reduce them?