ERIC Number: ED060651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Systematic Student Response Upon Teaching Behavior.
Bapst, Jennis Joseph
Two hypotheses were tested: 1) that teachers would teach better if they received feedback through an in-class student response system, and 2) that student achievement would be higher in classes where the instructor received such feedback. Classes met in a room which was equipped with a student response system. The instructors asked students to continually indicate how well they felt they were understanding the material being presented. In the experimental sections this feedback was visible to the instructor; in the control sections it was not. Students' perceptions of their instructor's teaching were determined on "A Student's Rating Scale of an Instructor." The instructors measured students' achievement by tests. Results showed that the effect of the systematic student response varied significantly for the different instructors and therefore should be generalized to other instructors only with caution. Within this limitation, the first hypothesis was supported. The improvement seemed greater for instructors whose teaching style or size of class did not allow much verbal in-class feedback from students. The second hypothesis was not supported. (Author/JK)
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Authoring Institution: Mount Hood Community Coll., Gresham, OR.
Note: Thesis submitted to the University of Washington