ERIC Number: ED187465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Some Factors Affecting Teacher Behavior and Pupil Performance.
This study describes an attempt to introduce change into an educational system. A new science program (MATAL) consisting of new teaching materials, teaching strategies and training courses--was developed and implemented in kindergarten classrooms. Major hypotheses were that (1) the kindergarten is a system; educational change will be achieved through the operation of a change factor and the involvement of all the components of the system in the performance of change, and (2) the level of change will be lowered if, among the components of the system, a supporting change agent is lacking. To test these hypotheses 40 kindergarten classes in Tel Aviv, Israel, were divided into two groups. Group A teachers and supervisors received extensive pretraining by teacher trainers. Group B received neither pretraining nor assistance during implementation. To evaluate changes in the educational system, 10 research devices were prepared to measure attitudes of the participants, knowledge of the teaching team, teaching performances in the classroom, utilization of time, students' achievements, and interpersonal relationships. Findings supported the hypotheses. The kindergarten operated as a system. Change occurred when the change factors operated in all the components of the system. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Early Childhood Education: A Challenge for the Educator (1st, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1980). Paper is based on Ph.D. dissertation, Tel Aviv University.