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ERIC Number: ED049155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 9
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The Effects of Expectation, Social Class, and Experience on Group Productivity.
Sperry, Len; Beauchamp, George
To determine the effects of administrator expectation, school social class, and teacher experience on the quality of curricula developed by teachers at the local level in small planning groups, two levels of administrative expectation and two levels of school social class were simulated in a 2 x 2 design. Twenty-seven groups of three secondary school teachers were randomly assigned to one of the four treatments. In a one and one-half hour session, each group was exposed to the simulation and completed an assigned task, which consisted of praparing a general social studies unit. Results indicated that group scores on the Rating Scale for Curriculum Evaluation were significantly higher (p<.01) for the high expectation treatment than for the low. Differences were found for social class and experience, but they were not significant. It was also noted that groups exposed to the high expectation, upper social class treatment significantly favored an intellectually-oriented curriculum over a vocationally oriented one. (RT)
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