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ERIC Number: ED080324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 128
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The Relation of Wait-Time to Student Behaviors in Science Curriculum Improvement Study Lessons.
Garigliano, Leonard Joseph
Post studies have indicated the existence of a fast questioning pace with teachers allowing very little "think-space" as they ask questions, present materials, and respond to students. Descriptive studies indicate that the average wait-time in classrooms is between one and two seconds. The problem of this study was to determine the effects of wait-time on the number of: (1) content-oriented student solicitations, (2) inflected responses, (3) pupil-pupil interactions, and (4) "I don't know" responses. Also studied was the length of student response. The population used in the study consisted of 33 elementary teachers involved in teaching the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS). Group I, the experimental group, received wait-time training, Group II functioned as a control, and Group III was a placebo group that made only one tape recording per subject. Results indicated that experimental teachers were able to increase their wait-times in all categories considered but did not achieve a 3-5 second criterion. With the exception of longer student responses, dependent variables did not reach statistically significant levels under the slightly slower paced schedule achieved by the experimental group. (Author/JR)
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