ERIC Number: ED030648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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A Study of Selected Areas of Teacher Influence upon the Written Composition of Fourth Graders.
Biberstine, Richard Doyle
The relationships that exist between written compositions of fourth-grade students and various teacher influences were investigated in this study. Relationships examined were those between the student's achievements in composition and (1) his teacher's writing ability, (2) his perception of other students' writing, his classroom, his assignments, class discussion, and his teacher, (3) classroom atmosphere, (4) his teacher's personal characteristics, and (5) grading procedure for written composition. Twelve fourth-grade teachers (six scoring high and six scoring low on the STEP Essay Test, Form 1A) taught students for 4 weeks under controlled conditions. The students were then given the STEP Essay Test, Form 4A. Some conclusions were that (1) a teacher's ability to help others express themselves is inversely proportional to his own writing ability, (2) the better writing groups tended to have positive views of their classrooms, class discussions, assignments, and teachers, (3) a relaxed atmosphere had a positive effect on writing ability, and (4) negative marks by teachers on pupil's papers had a negative effect on their writing ability, and positive comments lost value if surrounded by negative ones. (Author/LH)
Descriptors: Assignments, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Grade 4, Grading, Peer Relationship, Permissive Environment, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Influence, Writing (Composition)
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Note: Ed.D Dissertation, University of Illinois.