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ERIC Number: ED178785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-17
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Contrasting Styles of Teacher Behavior.
Smith, Douglas K.
Classroom behavior of elementary level teachers who display contrasting styles of socialization was analyzed. The Classroom Management Questionnaire, an instrument designed to measure socialization style as derived from Aronfreed's Induction-Sensitization Paradigm, was administered to a sample of elementary teachers. Those scoring one standard deviation above or below the mean were selected for classroom observation using the Flanders Interaction Analysis Categories System. The two groups displayed significantly different teacher-student interaction patterns. The inductive teachers used specific praise with students, minimal amounts of criticism, and small group activities with a focus on accepting and expanding student ideas and feelings. The sensitizing teachers used perfunctory praise, public criticism of students, large group activities with an emphasis on student misbehavior. While most teachers tend to display a combination of behaviors, each teacher does display an overall socialization style that can be observed and measured. The next step in the process is to determine the effects of these styles on the cognitive and affective development of students. (Author/CKJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Classroom Management Questionnaire; Flanders System of Interaction Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southeastern Psychological Association (24th, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15-18, 1978)