ERIC Number: ED034654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May-1
Reference Count: 0
The Effective Teacher of Reading.
Harris, Albert J.
The improvement of teaching characteristics and teacher behavior are important issues when discussing reading programs. Therefore, the following six major questions and conclusions about the effective reading teacher comprise the emphasis of this discussion. (1) What criteria can be used to measure teacher effectiveness? The main criterion used is pupil gain on standardized tests. (2) Can observers really distinguish degrees of teaching competence in reading instruction? Supervisors' evaluations of teaching effectiveness do not correlate well enough with pupil gain to be substituted for objective measurement. (3) What forms of motivation or class management produce superior results? The relationship between a teacher's motivational style and pupil learning is not distinct, as criticism and praise by teachers draw varying results. (4) What forms of cognitive teacher behavior are related to good achievement? Preliminary findings favor frequent verbal interchanges between teacher and pupil and the balanced use of several types of questions. (5) How can the beginning teacher be helped to develop teaching skills? There are such promising new developments in preservice teacher training as microteaching and programed tutoring. (6) How can the experienced teacher keep his interest and enthusiasm high? Superior leadership which involves teachers in planning and encourages them to try out ideas is important. References are included. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Div. of Teacher Education.
Note: Presented at the International Reading Association conference, Kansas City, Mo., Apr. 30-May 3, 1969