ERIC Number: ED061170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Mental Health and Teacher Education: The Wisconsin Project.
DeVault, M. Vere, Ed. And Others
The principle objective of this study was the investigation of the impact of teacher behavior on the mental health of elementary school children. Three questions influenced the design of the research: 1) What is the influence of different instructional approaches in a teacher-training program upon the perceptions and verbal communication behavior of student teachers? 2) What kinds of communication behavior did the teacher-subjects reveal at the beginning of the study, and what changes occurred in this behavior during the period of the study? and 3) What perceptions and patterns of teacher communication have a measurable influence upon mental health of pupils in the classroom? The research subjects were 61 teacher education students at junior level, 51 at senior level, and 36 first-year teachers. Conclusions indicated that only modest differences were found in the observed behaviors of teachers consistently exposed to one of three different instructional approaches; subjects gradually asked for less information, gave more information, and decreased their expression of both positive and negative feelings as they developed their teaching skills; and the personal dimension of teachers' communication was the only dimension consistently related to various measures of school adjustment. Appendixes include the instruments used and means and analysis of variance. (MBM)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. School of Education.