ERIC Number: ED166135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Choice of a Model for Research on Teacher Thinking. Research Series No. 20.
Clark, Christopher M.
Two models for research on teacher thinking are discussed: the decision-making model and the information-processing model. Research on teaching guided by the decision-making model focuses upon explaining and understanding deliberate teacher activity and is deemed more appropriate for situations in which the teacher has sufficient time and incentive to deliberately decide what to do than it is in the fast-paced context of classroom interactions. In contrast, the information-processing model focuses on how the teacher limits and structures the environment in which he or she must act. Two studies, one using the decision-making model and the other the information-processing model, are examined. It is hypothesized that differences in these areas are due mainly to differences between the models used to conceptualize and guide the research. It is generally concluded that research guided by a decision-making model of teaching tends to be highly controlled, focusing on the decision-making behavior of teachers in situations defined by the researcher. Research guided by the information-processing model, on the other hand, tends to be descriptive, exploring the ways teachers define the situations in which they work and how they cope with a complex classroom environment. (JD)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Decision Making, Educational Research, Interaction Process Analysis, Models, Research Methodology, Teacher Behavior
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.