ERIC Number: ED068453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Effectiveness and the Interaction Between Teaching Methods, Student and Teacher Characteristics. Final Report.
Hypotheses were tested regarding the relationship between learning effectiveness in six subject areas and the interaction between student and teacher characteristics. The student-teacher interaction was also examined in relationship to several teaching approaches. Over 1,000 students from 53 different classes with 27 different faculty members participated in the study. Instruments on student and teacher characteristics were administered at the beginning of the semester; most of the measures of learning effectiveness were administered at the end of the semester. The results supported the hypothesis regarding direct relationships between learning effectiveness and student characteristics, instruction characteristics, and teaching methods. Among the student characteristics that showed the strongest positive relationships to learning effectiveness were self-concept of academic ability and internal reinforcement control. Among the instructor characteristics that showed the strongest positive relationships with effective learning was the attitude that education should be oriented more toward a student's interests and concerns than toward mastering the subject matter. With respect to teaching methods, student-directed and structured classes were far superior to instructor-directed and unstructured ones. A 30-item bibliography is included. (Author/MJM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Corning Community Coll., NY.