ERIC Number: ED213703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Utah Pupil/Teacher Self-Concept Program. Teacher Strategies That Invite Improvement of Pupil and Teacher Self-Concept.
Van Horn, Kathleen L.
The Utah Pupil/Teacher Self-Concept Program is designed to train teachers in the use of verbal behaviors that improve the self concept of students by replacing judgmental statements with positive descriptive messages. The program is based on a successful prototype used with elementary school teachers. Four individualized modules were developed to train teachers to communicate descriptively rather than judgmentally. A preliminary field test was conducted with two junior high school teachers to collect formative evaluation data on the effectiveness of the newly developed program for secondary school teachers. Each teacher was observed for three days prior to the training and for the last two days of the two-week training period. A major problem was measuring changes in pupil self concept at the secondary level which is difficult because the students are exposed to more than one teacher during their school day. Both of the teachers in the field test learned to recognize their use of judgmental behaviors and to replace those behaviors with appropriate descriptive strategies in a high incidence of interaction situations. Graphs illustrating the teachers' behavior changes during the course of the program are presented. Tables present observers' records of each teacher's use frequencies for the self-perception behaviors outlined in the modules. Included in the appendix is the Objective Self-Concept Teacher Behavior Observation Form and guidelines for criterion observations. Also included are graphs delineating the progress of the elementary teachers who were the subjects of the pilot study. A field test is being conducted to collect summative data on secondary teacher behavior changes and will be concluded in June, 1982. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Helping Relationship, Inservice Teacher Education, Interaction Process Analysis, Research Design, Self Concept, Student Alienation, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Influence, Training Methods, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Utah Pupil Teacher Self Concept Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March, 1982).