ERIC Number: ED108872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
An Investigation of the Teacher Behavior of Wait-Time During an Inquiry Science Lesson.
Fowler, Thaddeus W.
This study was designed to investigate the nonverbal teacher behavior of wait-time. Wait-time is the silence in a conversation following a teacher or student utterance. The primary purpose of the investigation was to document some of the behavioral and cognitive effects of wait-time and to delineate the interrelationships between the various forms of wait-time. The secondary purpose of the investigation was to study the expected inverse relationship between teacher scores on the Pupil Control Ideology Form and duration of natural teacher reaction Wait-Time. Fifty-one preservice teachers were used in this study; 31 were trained to use Teacher Reaction Wait-Times of about 0.5 seconds and 2.0 seconds with inner city elementary school children, while 20 teachers instructing junior high students were randomly assigned to use the shorter or longer wait-times while using an inquiry science lesson. The results indicate that teachers can be taught a technique whereby they can increase the amount of student-to-student interactions in small groups during science inquiry and can bring about an increase in the frequency with which students spontaneously make verbal contributions to the group. More robust science inquiry can be facilitated with the increased use of time-wait. (Author/BR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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