ERIC Number: ED075744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Interaction of Divergence and Convergence of Students and Teachers with Personality and Instructional Variables Affecting Educational Outcomes.
Zussman, David R.; Pascal, Charles E.
This research studies both students' and teachers' divergent and convergent abilities and their interaction within the normal classroom. Divergence and convergence were operationally defined and measured by paper and pencil tests. After reviewing the literature on divergence and convergence and on divergence and classroom achievement, the authors present their own research conducted with 450 high school students and 20 of their teachers. Results indicate that the divergent student is not considered less appealing than his convergent peer in the classroom; in fact, the diverger distinguishes himself by participating more often and offering more original ideas. In terms of the teachers, classroom climate appears to be highly dependent on their cognitive styles. The authors feel that educational researchers must consider the classroom within the multivariate-interactive model, since a simple univariate approach does not project a clear interaction of the underlying classroom processes. (Author/SES)
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Authoring Institution: McGill Univ., Montreal (Quebec). Center for Learning and Development.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26 to March 1, 1973