ERIC Number: ED088830
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Publication Date: 1974-Apr
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The Effectiveness of Feedback for Changing Student Teachers' Humanistic Behavior.
Walencik, Vincent J.; Tuckman, Bruce W.
This study investigated effects of dissonance and positive reinforcement as feedback mechanisms for altering the humanistic behavior of student teachers. The subjects were undergraduate education majors who were enrolled in a student teaching program. The student teachers were observed twice by their pupils using the Tuckman Teacher Feedback Form. Two types of feedback were provided: "actual feedback"--the actual scores recorded by pupils--and "positive feedback"--scores modified to reduce the discrepancy between ideal humanistic behavior and actual student teacher behavior. Actual feedback was intended to evoke dissonance; positive feedback, to reinforce positively. Significant changes occurred for high-dissonance student teachers. Actual feedback produced significantly more change than the control. Dissonance was found to be a more effective motivator for change than positive reinforcement. (Included as an appendix is the Tuckman Teacher Feedback Form.) (Authors)
Educational Evaluation Group, 271 Cleveland Avenue, Highland Park, New Jersey 08904 (Tuckman Feedback Forms only, $.25)
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