ERIC Number: ED022720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Teaching Style: The Development of Teaching Tasks.
The purpose of this pilot project was to develop, use, and film teaching tasks to demonstrate their effectiveness in showing variations in teaching styles. Thirty teaching tasks designed to include a variety of curricular dimensions were developed by 6 observers with considerable experience as preschool teachers and observers; each task listed materials, procedures, instructions, rationale, and method outcomes. Eighteen 20-minute filmed tasks resulted, 3 each for 6 Head Start teachers and their classes. Observers in the classroom took additional notes at the time of filming. Teaching style was inferred from the behaviors of teachers and children in classroom activities; a number of behavioral scales were developed to distinguish particular constellations of individual and interactive behaviors. It was found that the use of tasks provides the standardization necessary for observers to accurately predict subsequent task teaching behaviors and that the use of films is essential for careful study of stylistic differences between teachers. Of the components of the teaching situation, teaching style appears to be the most critical and the most difficult to study. (Included are an 8-item bibliography and a description of teaching tasks.) (Author/SG)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. Headstart Evaluation and Research Center.