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ERIC Number: ED116897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 172
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The Influence of Wait-Time on the Verbal Dimension of Student Inquiry Behavior.
Lake, John Heath
The purpose of the study was to determine the influence of wait-time following a teacher's questions on the cognitive complexity of students' responses. The same sequence of three lessons--Exploration, Invention, and Discovery--was presented to 75 fifth-grade students randomly assigned to 18 groups. The Discovery phase of the instructional sequence was tape-recorded and transcribed. Statistically significant scores were found in the occurrence of conversational sequences and alternative explanations under long wait-time conditions. A statistically significant increase was also found in the incidence of ascending modal cogruence under long wait-time conditions. The investigator suggests, based on the detailed trends in data obtained, that "wait-time" should be redefined as "the length of the silent period which occurs immediately before a teacher utterance" instead of the "time a teacher is prepared to wait after asking a question and after receiving a response." (Author/PS)
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