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ERIC Number: ED108902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 142
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Teacher Approval and Disapproval by Ability Grouping.
Heller, Marc Stephen
This study investigated teachers' use of verbal approval and disapproval as a function of subject matter (mathematics, social studies) and class ability; the use of these behaviors in instructional versus managerial contexts was studied. Five mathematics and five social studies teachers in an inner-city junior high school were observed for 6 thirty-minute periods, 3 while instructing low ability classes and 3 with high ability classes. The TAD Observational Record was used to record teacher-pupil interactions. It was found that teachers emit more disapprovals in low ability, and that these disapprovals are largely managerial. Mathematics teachers used slightly more disapprovals than approvals, while social studies teachers used significantly more. The total number of evaluative remarks did not vary with class ability or subject area. The teachers observed rarely offered approval for good social behavior. Implications and suggestions for further study are discussed. (SD)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University