ERIC Number: ED255875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Classroom Interaction Dynamics.
Alvermann, Donna E.; And Others
To help teachers develop an awareness of how they structure a discussion, an instrument was constructed called the Assessment of Classroom Interaction Dynamics (ACID). Two expert judges and 26 trainees then participated in a study (1) to estimate interrater reliability between expert judges in the use of the ACID, (2) to assess the validity of the judgments made by the trainees, and (3) to estimate the reliability of the categories for detecting teacher differences. Data analyses revealed mixed results. On the one hand, the relatively good level of interrater reliability involving the expert judges indicated an observational instrument capable of yielding results not critically dependent upon the identity of a particular rater. Also, the relatively high level of agreement between the trainees and both experts suggests the instrument was easy to learn to use. On the other hand, ACID's reliability in differentiating among teachers was disappointing. None of the estimated categorical reliabilities reached an acceptable level. A copy of the assessment instrument is attached. (HOD)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Research, Comparative Analysis, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Interaction, Interaction Process Analysis, Interrater Reliability, Judges, Measurement Techniques, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Test Reliability
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assessment of Classroom Interaction Dynamics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (34th, St. Petersburg, FL, November 28-December 1, 1984).