New Version of the CLASS™ for Observing Infant Settings
Researchers at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning recently completed a pilot study on a version of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ designed for observing infant care settings. The measurement tool provides a much-needed means for objectively describing the quality of interactions between caregivers and infants and the extent to which caregivers enable infants to learn about their environment.
The “CLASS-Infant” has been under development for the past two years under the leadership of Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch and Kristen Jamison. This version of the CLASS is based on an extensive review of the literature on infant development and effective teaching practices, as well as national guidelines, existing observation instruments, and expert review.
This version of the CLASS tool measures only one domain, focusing on verbal and physical interactions between infants and caregivers, including during periods of routine care. Dimensions included in the CLASS-Infant include Relational Climate, Teacher Sensitivity, Facilitated Exploration, and Early Language Support.