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ERIC Number: ED059868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 9
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A Pre-Scientific Study of Interactions in Selected Science Classes.
Gallagher, James Joseph
The author summarizes his observations of interactions in two classes of an individualized, self-paced, laboratory-based high school science course for students who normally do not take physics or chemistry. Based on these and other observations of classroom behavior of teachers and pupils the author postulates that two agendas are operative in classrooms. The primary agenda is that of the teacher and consists of the instructional program or formal curriculum. The secondary agenda consists of what the students have in mind. Generally students acquiesce by accepting the concerns of the teacher. However, in some situations students do not acquiesce but instead engage in a kind of guerilla warfare with their teachers. They perceive the primary agenda as irrelevant and attempt to sabotage it in many ways, such as not bringing books, pencils or paper to class, making jokes, and numerous other techniques. The phenomenon of guerilla warfare is considered to be widespread in all types of communities. A careful study of secondary agenda to determine its cause and prevention is recommended. (PR)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Research Council of America, Cleveland, OH.