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ERIC Number: ED035553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Reference Count: 0
EIE Elementary School Science Project. Evaluation Report.
Matthews, Charles C.
The main purpose of the study was to describe teacher and pupil behavior during science lessons. Subjects of the investigation reported in this document were 144 first, second, and fifth grade pupils and the twelve teachers who taught these pupils. Each classroom was observed during five lessons of Science - A Process Approach. The instrument used to code behavior was the "Science Curriculum Assessment System," which is composed of twenty mutually exclusive categories. Data were also collected by private interview with each of the 144 pupils involved in the study. The Friedman Two-Way Analysis of Variance by Ranks Test was used to analyze data. Findings of the study indicated that (1) the greatest proportion of a pupil's behavior was spent observing the teacher or a pupil who acted for the teacher in lesson-related situations; (2) the central tendency of teachers was to interact with more than six children in a group; (3) there was a strong tendency for extended teacher behavior to fall in a category "observing without response" the behavior of groups of 6 or more pupils; and (4) much of the extended teacher behavior was "giving information" or "giving directions" to groups of 6 or more pupils. (BR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Identifiers: Science A Process Approach