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ERIC Number: ED103354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-28
Pages: 26
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Teacher Behavior and the Presentation of a Work Ethic.
LeCompte, Margaret Diane
This study examines what teachers do in classrooms and what their behavior says to students. Four fourth-grade self-contained classrooms in two schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico formed the sample group. Intensive classroom observation was employed over a ten-month period. At least half the observation time involved the researcher's presence in the classroom for the entire school day; the remainder was done in three-to four-hour blocks. Data included interviews with teachers on their teaching goals, a questionnaire to students on the norms they perceived their teachers to emphasize, and hand-recorded chronicles of teacher behavior. Results of the study attested to the existence of norm-reinforcing behavior and documented the way such behaviors are distributed. Behaviors representing all but one of the work norms accounted for over 50 percent of the noninstructional talking emitted by teachers, despite great variations in teaching styles. There were task, order, time, and authority norms thought to be rooted in the institutional requirements of school life and which could not, therefore, be circumnavigated by teachers. (Additional findings are included.) (MJM)
Dr. Margaret Diane LeCompte, Foundations of Education, University of Houston, 3801 Cullen, Houston, Texas 77004 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., 1975)