ERIC Number: ED024659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: N/A
Studying Teacher Behavior with the OScAR Technique.
Medley, Donald M.
Educational Testing Service is involved in a measurement approach to research in teaching with a goal of developing procedures for obtaining objective quantitive descriptions of teacher behavior, in terms of a minimum number of dimensions, on the basis of direct observation. The Observation Schedule and Record (OScAR), a card which contains a list or taxonomy of behaviors the observer is to look for during a classroom visit and which provides space for recording the frequency of occurrence of each item, may be used to produce profiles to study differences in behavior of effective and ineffective teachers, to measure changes in teachers during training, and to measure the effects of training on teacher behavior. Two research studies have been made using the OScAR technique, one of New York City first-year elementary teachers (to compare the relative merits of several measures of teacher effectiveness) and one of student teachers in a campus school (to observe changes in their behavior). Both studies illustrate that information about areas where both our ignorance and our need for knowledge are great can be obtained by studies using the OScAR technique. Currently an omnibus instrument, the first part of which deals only with teachers' verbal behaviors, is being constructed for use in a number of projects designed either to do research or to implement educational change. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Testing Service, Berkeley, CA.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.