ERIC Number: ED133983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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The Delaware Function Rater: A Method of Quantifying Classroom Behavior.
Gaynor, John F.; Gaynor, Mary F.
Developed was a student behavior rating system for use by teachers in identifying and assessing behavior problems and as an aid in classroom management. A time coding instrument was used, with behavior expressed as relative frequencies of a hierarchy of four mutually exclusive, exhaustive categories of behavior--relevent, unproductive, disruptive, and aggressive. Teacher training studies suggested stability in the rank order of categories across various special and elementary education settings, with mean relative frequencies of 67% relevant, 25% unproductive, less than 10% disruptive, and less than 1% aggressive. The instrument demonstrated that the classification definitions were commonly understood, that inter-rater reliability was high, that it was sensitive to behavior chanqes based on chanqing classroom conditions, and that there was broad applicability to various classroom structures. (Mechanics for rating individuals and groups are described, and rating conventions are provided in an appendix along with an analysis of classroom behavior in terms of active responses and passive states. (Author/IM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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