Classroom Practices Inventory (CPI)

The Classroom Practices Inventory is a classroom observation measure for early childhood classrooms. It is designed to assess the developmental appropriateness of classroom and curricular practices, teachers actions, children's activites, and teacher-child interactions.

Content

Domains
Subdomain
Topics
Classroom Instruction
Grades
ECE/K
Languages
English
Respondent
Teacher

Administration information

Length
26 items across four factors: (1) Choice, Concreteness, Creativity; (2) Rote Learning, Isolated Skillls, Extrinsic Rewards; (3) Positive Emotional Climate and Positive Discipline; (4) Physical Activity and Individualized Learning.
Administration
Individual,
Self-report
National Sample
No

Access and Use

Contact
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, khirshpa@temple.edu
Instrument Use in Peer-Reviewed Studies

Clarke-Stewart, K. A., Lee, Y., Allhusen, V. D., Kim, M. S., & McDowell, D. J. (2006). Observed differences between early childhood programs in the U.S. and Korea: Reflections of “developmentally appropriate practices” in two cultural contexts. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27(5), 427–443.

Vartuli, S., & Rohs, J. (2009). Early Childhood Prospective Teacher Pedagogical Belief Shifts Over Time. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 30(4), 310–327.

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Open Access
No
Resources on Psychometric Properties
Hyson, M. C., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Rescorla, L. (1990). The classroom practices inventory: An observation instrument based on NAEYC’s guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices for 4- and 5-year-old children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 5(4), 475–494.