ERIC Number: ED210102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-31
Reference Count: 0
Participant Perspectives of Classroom Discourse. Part I: What Did Anybody Say? Final Report.
Tenenberg, Morton; And Others
Details of a year-long sociolinguistic study of classroom discourse are presented in this final report, with focus on pupil perceptions of the units and features of classroom discourse. Pupils in second-, third-, and fourth-grade classrooms in a lower socioeconomic, multiethnic elementary school, viewed videotapes of language arts lessons given earlier in the day. After the 4-minute tape segments, individual pupils were asked what they had heard being said. Responses, which were printed on index cards, provided data on perceived units of classroom discourse. All index cards were placed in random array, and individuals were asked to group responses which were alike. Pupil selections and reasons for grouping provided data on salient features of classroom discourse. Comparisons were made of responses over time, across settings, and in relation to ethnicity, entering reading achievement, and peer status. Time, setting, and peer status were significantly related to differences in pupil perceptions of classroom discourse units; time, setting, grade level, and reading achievement were significantly related to differences in perceptions of salient features of classroom discourse. Findings supported the concept that the social context determines participant behavior. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Hayward. Research Foundation.
Note: For related documents, see PS 012 540-44.