ERIC Number: ED206382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Students' Perceptions of Their Open-Informal Classroom: Seven Years Later. A Follow-Up Study.
Griswold, Kenneth E.
The purpose of this follow-up study was to determine 14 high school graduates' perceptions of the open-informal learning environment they had experienced in elementary school. Subjects were interviewed individually on their recollections (facts and feelings) of their fifth grade year, and were shown videotaped scenes of themselves in the open-informal classroom. The subjects were then videotaped while engaged in a panel discussion of their fifth grade experiences. Both videotapes (the 1973 tape of the subjects as fifth graders and the 1980 tape of the subjects as high school seniors) were viewed by a panel of experienced elementary school teachers. The panel selected and categorized the students' attitudes toward choice of classroom activities, the school, teacher-student relationships, student goals, and teacher role. In general, subjects expressed positive attitudes toward the open-informal classroom and indicated that this kind of learning environment allows students to choose their own activities; work at their own pace; set their own academic goals; and develop closer and warmer relationships with their teachers. Results also indicated that the elementary school teacher's role should include identification of and follow-up on students' academic needs and deficiencies. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Retrospective Studies (Psychology)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Michigan Educational Research Association (8th, Dearborn, MI, March 25, 1981).