ERIC Number: ED046904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Elementary School Teachers' Viewpoints of Classroom Teaching and Learning.
Miller, Donald M.; And Others
This report describes 3 years of research on identifying, categorizing, and comparing teachers' ideas about teaching. The study used two different groups of 32 Wisconsin elementary school teachers selected according to a stratified random sampling procedure. The first group of teachers participated in a taped 2-hour interview on their ideas about teaching. From the interview tapes, "content units" containing specific ideas about teaching procedures were identified. The second group of teachers was then asked to sort the content units into categories according to the similarities and dissimilarities which they discriminated among the units and express the substantive meaning which they attached to each category. A latent partition model was then used to identify 32 categories perceived by the teachers. Several replications of this experiment were made using single-word verbs associated with teaching as the content units. This made possible faster sorting and computerized analysis of the data. In addition a questionnaire was administered in which teachers evaluated the contribution to learning of each of the content units. (The document contains samples of all materials used in the project including a sample sorting kit.) (RT)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Classroom Techniques, Discovery Learning, Educational Testing, Elementary School Teachers, English Instruction, Handwriting Instruction, Independent Study, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Instruction, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Reading Instruction, Spelling Instruction, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Instructional Research Lab.