ERIC Number: ED073837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-1
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Development of Situational Task Methodology for the Evaluation of Process Outcomes in the Open Classroom.
Rentfrow, Robert K.; And Others
The purpose of this research was to develop an evaluation technique to assess how effectively children develop as independent learners within classrooms implementing the Tucson Early Education Model. A situational task was chosen in order to gather information about the ongoing open classroom. The Classroom Attitude Observation Schedule was developed to detect pattern shifts in selected process variables in a classroom during the absence of the teacher and other "controlling" adults. The variables are grouping patterns, classroom activities, and inappropriate behaviors. A pilot study of the CAOS was conducted, using six experimental (TEEM) classrooms and two comparison classrooms. The summary dependent variables were mean group size, mean number of children engaged in an activity, inappropriate behavior, mean number of groups, mean number of activities. The summary activity categories were traditional academic activities, nontraditional cognitive learning activities, play and role playing, snacks and management, and nonfocused activities. Results showed the CAOS sensitive to pattern shifts. The clearest shift appeared with levels of inappropriate behavior. Children in comparison classrooms displayed more inappropriate behavior during teacher absence than did children in the TEEM classrooms. There were significant differences between teacher absence and teacher presence in Comparison classrooms but not in TEEM classrooms. The size of groups in which children clustered themselves changed significantly when the teacher was not present. (KM)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Compensatory Education.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Arizona Center for Educational Research and Development.