ERIC Number: ED229744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Categories of Classroom Activity and Student Engagement in Reading and Language Arts Instruction.
Hoffman, Lee McGraw; Rachal, Janella
To provide a Louisiana State reading improvement program with information that could improve instructional efficiency, a study was conducted to determine the relationship between student time on task and eight broad categories of classroom activities used by teachers during reading and language arts instruction. The eight activities studied were (1) silent reading, (2) oral reading, (3) writing/composition, (4) drill and practice, (5) teacher-led instruction, (6) discussion, (7) tests/quizzes, and (8) noninstructional management. Data were collected by trained observers who viewed a random sample of second, third, and fifth grade classes in eight school systems participating in a state program to develop outstanding reading programs. The results suggested that the eight activities, when examined individually, did not explain a useful amount of variance in student time on task rates. However, taken as a model of classroom activity, they did explain enough variance to warrant further study. Observed correlations among the various activities suggested patterns of teaching behavior during reading and language arts instruction. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-l5, 1983).