ERIC Number: ED150134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of Student and Teacher Preceptions Regarding Decision-Making in Selected Open and Traditional Classrooms.
Cussen, Michael P.
This research was undertaken to determine (1) if students in open and traditional classrooms perceive themselves as significant decision-makers; (2) if they perceive opportunities for decision making; and (3) if congruence exists between student and teacher perceptions of the decision-making process. Selected pupils and their teachers from five open and five traditional first- and second-grade classrooms were administered the "Who Decides" questionnaire and the Evans Teacher Questionnaire. Analysis of the data revealed: (1) that students and teachers from the open classrooms perceive more student-made decisions, and teachers from both types of classrooms perceive students as making more decisions than the students themselves perceive; (2) students and teachers from both types of classrooms perceive few items on the "Who Decides" instrument as class-made decisions; (3) traditional students and teachers perceive more teacher-made decisions than do the open students and teachers, and students from both types of classrooms perceive more teacher-made decisions than the teachers perceive themselves as making; and (4) students and teachers from both types of classrooms perceive few items on the "Who Decides" instrument as being made by someone other than the child, class, or teacher. (MJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977)