ERIC Number: ED187818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Assessment of Involvement with School Work Among Urban High School Students.
Laffey, James M.
This paper reports on a study of the involvement of high school students with instructional activities. It was hypothesized that student involvement depends on expectations for success, importance of the action to the achievement of success, and confidence that the action is appropriate for the achievement of success. Eighty-eight students enrolled in four urban secondary school social studies classes formed the study sample. Data collection techniques were systematic observation of on-task classroom behavior, student self-reports on perceptions and feelings cued by a random signal, examination of school and class records, and interviews with selected students. The results of the investigation are discussed including descriptions of regularities in student actions and testing hypotheses about how these actions are conceived, formulated, and executed in classrooms. Findings indicate a degree of regularity in student actions when successfully involved in tasks. Implications for understanding classroom motivation and for using a new technique for assessing classroom involvement are presented. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).