ERIC Number: ED083133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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Mark Chain Analysis of Classroom Interaction Data.
Hartnett, Barbara M.; Rumery, Robert E.
Classroom interaction data matrices obtained from a preservice training project in techniques of achieving divergent pupil responses were compared using a statistical procedure outlined by Darwin (1959). The procedure interprets interaction sequences as realizations of Markov chains. Contrary to results of an earlier study (Pena, 1972), interaction matrices were found to satisfy the dependency assumptions for Markov chains. Significant differences were found between interaction sequences for classes at different levels and between trained and untrained student teachers. Within-teacher comparisons were not significant. Pena's conclusion that the tests are too powerful is criticized on logical and methodological grounds. (Authors)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1973