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ERIC Number: ED050008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 26
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Indicators of Teacher Ability to Relate to Students.
Lawson, Dene R.
The purpose of this study was to find teacher behaviors which correlate significantly with a criterion measure of teacher ability to relate to students. Videotapes of 50 teacher interns were shown to 100 high school students of three different ethnic backgrounds--white, black and oriental. Teachers were rated on ability to relate to students. Subsequent interaction analysis of the videotapes identified 51 potential teacher behavior correlates, 15 of which were found to correlate significantly with teacher ability to relate to students. In general students tended to rate higher those teachers who 1) lecture in response to student talk, 2) allow students freedom to initiate discussion, and 3) use praise extensively in rewarding students. Students tended to rate less favorably those teachers who 1) permit silence in the classroom to continue for prolonged periods of time, 2) give directions for extended periods of time, 3) prolong an activity, and 4) ask questions for prolonged periods of time. No significant differences were found among mean teacher relatability scores by main effects of race and sex of student raters. (Author/RT)
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Note: Paper presented at AERA annual meeting, New York, 1971; condensation of doctoral dissertation, Stanford Univ., 1970