ERIC Number: ED024185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Improvement of Teaching Procedures with Gifted Elementary and Secondary School Students. Final Report.
Martinson, Ruth A.; Wiener, Jean
Inservice self-study was utilized to improve the qualitative level of classroom method among teachers of the gifted. Ten judges selected 45 of 75 elementary and secondary teachers by a rating scale of significant behaviors, classroom observation ratings, the Weiner Attitude Scale, and the Terman Concept Mastery Test. The 45 were considered flexible, intelligent, creative, and stimulating. Analysis of the teacher behavior scale indicated four main factors: individualized materials and instruction, art of questioning, encouragement of higher level learning, and communication-interaction. Inservice activities were pupil study (case studies) of gifted characteristics, study of classroom principles for higher level thinking, and discussion and evaluation of a teacher model; teacher-made videotapes of classroom activities, using the principles learned, were also shown and evaluated at the inservice meetings. Interjudge reliabilities of .90 were obtained from audiotape analysis of the teachers' questions and answers at the beginning and end of the project. Significant improvement between the two tapes (p=.01) occurred in the application, generalization, and synthesis questions by the teacher (indicating growth in higher cognitive level questions), and growth in open responses by students were noted. (Author/SN)
Descriptors: Behavior, Behavior Rating Scales, Exceptional Child Research, Gifted, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Education, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Selection, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Test Reliability, Test Results
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California State Coll., Gardena.