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ERIC Number: ED100511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Pages: 78
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Reference Count: 0
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Observational Techniques in Preschool Classrooms.
Wilensky, Harold
The development of a systematic method for observing and describing significant aspects of teacher-pupil behavior in an experimental preschool educational program is described. The intent of the observation and description was: (1) to determine the extent to which theoretical principles and stated educational objectives were being implemented in the classroom, (2) to determine the extent to which the enrichment program was being replicated within the project classes, and (3) the identification of teacher-pupil behavior which contributed to the enhancement of cognitive skills. This report presents the summaries of findings for five scales developed in order to describe the prekindergarten program. For a straightforward description of the school day activities a Time Distribution Record was maintained by the classroom observers. Intensive study of the teacher and pupil during the work and play periods was effected by time sampling ratings of child behavior (Location Activity Material Inventory) and teacher behavior (Teacher's Play Period Rating). Records of the type of group lesson taught (story, lecture, or demonstration), and selected aspects of the teacher's style were obtained (Teacher's Observation Scale). Attempts to rate and evaluate the attentiveness of the children during lessons were also carried out (Children's Attention Rating Scale). (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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