ERIC Number: ED116918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
USMES Evaluation Report on Classroom Structure and Interaction Patterns, 1972-73 USMES Evaluation Program.
Shapiro, Bernard; Aiello, Thomas
This report, part of the 1972-73 Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES) evaluation project, focuses on the effect of the USMES curriculum on the organization and operation of the classroom. For the study, 30 USMES classrooms and 30 non-USMES classrooms were used. Each trained classroom observer, utilizing classroom environment instruments for large group and for small group observation, visited USMES and control classrooms nine times in a period of one year. Several classroom activities were marked for frequency of occurrence, and interactions were tallied as either child-child or child-teacher. Chi-square analysis was used to compare USMES and non-USMES scores in a variety of categories. The most dramatic differences were found to be a greater amount of small group work in USMES classes, the far larger number of ideas added by USMES students during class discussions, and the higher incidence of child-child interaction during small group work in USMES classes. (Author/CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.