ERIC Number: ED034706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
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Self-Assessment Groups as a Means for Improving Teacher Behavior. A Research Project: Student Teachers at Wheaton College. (1968-1969).
Cooperative Educational Research Lab., Inc., Northfield, IL.
A study was conducted to determine how participation in self-assessment seminars influences the attitudes, practices, and communication behavior of teachers. Two seminar groups of seven student teachers met for a series of 10 2-hour seminars during their senior student teaching. They were matched in a pretest-posttest design with control group subjects on the basis of stress or anxiety, social interaction, honor point average, age, sex, and subject matter and/or grade level taught. Seminars, focusing on the immediate problems faced in the classroom, were led by a Specialist in Continuing Education (SCE) whose role was to involve them in self-assessment activities by utilizing a specific problem-solving model. Activities included developing and defining instructional objectives in behavioral terms, collection and analysis of several types of feedback data, use of force field analysis in resolving differences between goals and practices, and utilization of new resources. Gain scores on attitude scales, pupil opinionnaires, and verbal behavior classification were compared and t tests and chi square tests conducted to determine significant differences. Seminar participants exhibited changes in attitude, verbal communication, and pupil perception which differed significantly from control group subjects; differences were consistent with expectations. (Specific changes are discussed. The pretest-posttest instruments are included.) (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Cooperative Educational Research Lab., Inc., Northfield, IL.