ERIC Number: ED110073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
An Analogous Study of Children's Attitudes Toward School in an Open Classroom Environment as Opposed to a Conventional Setting.
Zeli, Doris Conti
A study sought to determine whether intermediate age children exposed to open classroom teaching strategy have a more positive attitude toward school than intermediate age children exposed to conventional teaching strategy. The hypothesis was that there would be no significant difference in attitude between the two groups. The study was limited to two elementary schools in the Belle Vernon Area School District of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. To obtain the necessary information concerning students' attitudes a closed, "yes" or "no" questionnaire of twenty items was constructed. The results of the study indicated that on the whole the attitudes of the two groups were not significantly different. It was concluded that carpeting, carrels, and open spaces do not guarantee a good educational system, nor do workbooks, desks in rows, and quiet. The key to success in any program is the teacher and her relationship to the students. Based on the findings of this study, the author recommended that in open settings: (1) to fully implement the open concept, the teacher-pupil ratios should not exceed 1 to 20; and (2) there should be continuous training of teachers and others. (Author/SBM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Coll., PA. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania