ERIC Number: ED106732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Response Surface Analysis. National Consortium for Humanizing Education, Interim Report No. 3.
Roebuck, Flora N.; Aspy, D. N.
One of the major studies conducted by the Consortium involved examining the inter-relationships of various aspects of teacher and student classroom functioning to determine what happens to a particular class of teacher or student behavior as the quantity and/or quality of other aspects of classroom interaction change. This examination occurred in two steps: (1) determination of the most powerful predictors from among the study variables for each of the behaviors, and (2) construction of response surfaces for each variable. Response Surface Analysis was carried out for each of the 25 study variables. Monthly audio tape recordings of an hour's classroom instruction from each of the participating teachers were coded for teacher and student behavioral variables. Some of the findings of the study were: (1) replicable, predictable, and significant relationships were detected among variables of teacher and student classroom functioning; (2) these relationships were different for the secondary and elementary school levels; (3) two of the four most frequently recurring predictors were variables which had been postulated by Rogers as being positively related to effective learning environments; and (4) most of the frequently recurring predictors were related to the kinds of behavior classified by Flanders as "Indirect." (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Consortium for Humanizing Education, Monroe, LA.