ERIC Number: ED186435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Pupil Perceptions of Teacher Praise.
Morine-Dershimer, Greta; Galluzzo, Gary
A sociolinguistic study of pupil interpretations of the functions of teacher praise in lessons involved 165 pupils in six classes in a single multiethnic, lower socioeconomic status, elementary school. Procedures involved videotaping six language arts lessons in each classroom. After playbacks of videotapes, pupils were asked individually, "What did you hear anyone saying in that part of the lesson?" and were presented with a set of teacher praise statements made in the lesson. Pupils perceived teacher praise as occurring primarily because pupils had good ideas. There were significant relationships among pupil perceptions of teacher praise, pupil participation in class discussions, and pupil "success" in school. There were no significant ethnic differences in pupil perceptions of the functions of teacher praise, or in pupil participation in class discussions, and minimal ethnic differences in pupil success in school. As praise increased in intensity, it decreased in frequency of teacher use, but was reported by pupils in increasing proportions. (Authors)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1980).