ERIC Number: ED165293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Influences and Constraints in the Primary School: An Explorative Study. Report Number 4.
Vandenberghe, R.; And Others
The selection of the subjects taught at present in the primary schools and the way they are taught is not accidental. The subjects taught are determined by a network of interactions and communications between the school and other persons and institutions. Using the results of a teacher questionnaire, this report examines operational curricula and tries to determine by whom and what this daily practice is influenced. Purpose of the study was to make it easier to plan for future innovations in curricula. Factors that determine a teacher's behavior in the classroom and at school were listed as the persons, institutions, and sources the teacher interacts with and that he or she perceives as influencing concrete actions in the classroom. Constraints were defined as a datum (for example, too big a number of pupils in the class), a physical datum (too little room to make experiments on science), or an action of a person (a negative intervention by the inspector), and so on. Results show the teachers feel that certain decisions they make or wish to make are restrained by the way they are helped in their daily practice and the way the innovation policy is realized, and by factors that they themselves are daily and directly confronted with in their classroom. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Catholic Schools, Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Questionnaires, Statistical Data, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium).
Note: For a related document, see EA 011 208