ERIC Number: ED058160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Open Education: Results from a Classroom Observation Rating Scale and a Teacher Questionnaire.
Evans, Judith T.
A classroom observation rating scale, based upon a recent analysis of the literature and conceptually verified by open education advocates, effectively differentiated British and American open classrooms from American traditional classrooms. The influence of socio-economic settings was also demonstrated. For the three comparison groups, more features of open education were found in higher socio-economic settings than in lower ones. Rater-reliability for the classroom observation measure was high. The classroom observation rating scale is recommended as a survey instrument in a school system that is beginning to experiment with open education. Baseline data can be gathered and the measure can be repeatedly used to chart changes in classroom practices. A teacher questionnaire, parallel in form to the classroom observation rating scale, may be used in workshops as a starting point for a dialogue about teaching. Both measures can be considered as initial steps in adding greater theoretical precision and empirical understanding to the concept of open education. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.