ERIC Number: ED220464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Describing Teacher Decision Making.
Leithwood, Kenneth A.; And Others
Three studies are presented on the subject of factors considered important by teachers as they make decisions about curriculum. For the first study, information was gathered from a sample of 93 elementary and secondary school teachers. Respondents completed a questionnaire which contained a list of influences on curriculum decisions. Teachers indicated the strength of each influence, the criteria they employed in making curriculum decisions, and the frequency with which each criterion was used. The number of major influences was found to be small and included the teacher's own experiences and the opinion and behavior of students, principals, and other teachers in the school. The second study examined the relationship between teacher beliefs and how these beliefs affected teachers' evaluations of students. Teachers from thirteen junior high schools placed the greatest importance on ability of the students. Of least concern was pressure from parents or parental expectations. Teachers' normative beliefs did not appear to predict their assessment of student achievement. An explanation of the pattern of influences identified in the previous two studies is presented in the third paper, which presents an analysis of the basic needs that teachers attempt to satisfy through their curriculum decision making. (JD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Program Improvement, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Influence, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role
Not available separately; see SP 020 889.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Note: In: Studies in Curriculum Decision Making.