ERIC Number: ED251446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Design for Analyzing Classroom Activities. R&D Report No. 6130.
A design for analyzing the narrative records obtained in four studies examined the character of classroom activities and how they are managed by teachers. Focus was on controlling classroom behaviors, classroom rules, handling of disruptive or inappropriate behavior, instructional leadership, classroom organization, and student engagement. Approximately 2,775 narratives were obtained, consisting of fairly detailed accounts of management-related behaviors during class sessions in elementary and junior high school classes. In addition, observers kept time logs on student engagement and, at the end of the year, teachers were interviewed concerning student achievement. To analyze this body of information, 31 junior high and 15 elementary teachers were selected as a sample for a series of planned comparisons around themes that separate task and performance dimensions contained in the descriptions. Four levels of analysis were defined to move systematically from the accounts of classroom behavior in the narrative records to progressively more general propositions about what teachers do to establish order in the classroom, and what proficient teachers are likely to know about classrooms and how this knowledge is organized for use in accomplishing lessons. The information gained from this type of analysis is viewed as a major contribution to defining the knowledge base for classroom practice and, thus, the content of teacher education and staff development programs. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.