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ERIC Number: ED137831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 317
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A Dramatistic Analysis of Language in the High School English Classroom.
Aronson, Edward
This study presents a dramatistic analysis of the language used by four teachers, all of whom were considered excellent by their department directors, by their students, and by the parents of their students. Regular freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior literature classes were videotaped. Dialogue was then transcribed, and nonverbal activity, intonations, and possible implications of these aspects of the communication process were noted. Analysis of descriptive data revealed that the teachers selected for this study did not differ in practice from those teachers selected by Arno Bellack and Ned Flanders for similar study. All appeared to enter their classes with preplanned lessons from which they refused to deviate. Teachers' talk generally dominated the class sessions; occasionally, the teachers' vocabularies extended beyond the comprehension of their students. Questions were confined to those introduced by the teachers and almost no student-student interaction was allowed. These findings suggest that it is time to reassess some of the basic objectives in the teaching of English and teaching in general. (Author/KS]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Northwestern University