ERIC Number: ED037372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Development of a Classroom Observation Instrument Relevant to the Earth Science Curriculum Project.
Smith, John P.
A classroom observation instrument was developed for investigating teacher and student behaviors associated with the maintenance of an inquiry atmosphere where Earth Science Curriculum Project materials are used as a course of study. This instrument was later used in ESCP classrooms to determine its reliability and usefulness in describing teacher and student philosophy and objectives. Teacher and student behaviors were grouped into four major categories consistent with situations expected to occur in ESCP classes, i.e., developing text materials, pre-laboratory, laboratory, and post-laboratory discussion. Seven judges, selected from a list of ESCP writers and trial teachers, were asked to rate each item as (1) consistent with ESCP, (2) neutral, or (3) inconsistent with ESCP. Classroom observations based on the instrument developed for this study were made of six ninth-grade ESCP teachers in three junior high schools. The results of the study were analyzed to describe teachers relative to ESCP and to develop ideas for future research. (BR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Earth Science Curriculum Project
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (43rd, Minneapolis, Minne., March 5-8, 1970)