ERIC Number: ED231571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-21
Reference Count: 0
The Social Organization of Participation in Three Athabaskan Cross-Cultural Classrooms. Final Report.
Esmailka, Wendy; Barnhardt, Carol
The report documents a study conducted in 1979 by the University of Alaska's Cross-Cultural Education Development Program (X-CED) to use video tape to study the interaction of teachers and students and to look specifically at the teaching styles of the three Athabaskan teachers at an Interior Alaska Athabaskan community school. The study would then provide information that would be helpful for faculty and students in the development of guidelines and materials for the X-CED teacher training program. Videotaping was done on three different occasions over a time period of 2 months in each of the three classrooms using a portable reel-to-reel black and white video camera. Approximately 12 hours of tape were collected from each classroom, of which samples were selected for reviewing and analyzing. Study findings included: Native teachers are without question "teachers" according to the definition of the term; teaching styles were similar to the ways described in educational studies; teachers' repertoires included directives, spotlighting, and reprimands, but were used less frequently, and rules for using them were different; and teachers' personal relationships with the students did not interfere with their expectations that students do well academically. An example of score transcript from a classroom vocabulary lesson concludes the document. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.