ERIC Number: ED151763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
A Study of Teacher Conceptions of Reading.
Duffy, Gerald G.
This document identifies teacher attitude as the most important variable in effective teaching, describes a preliminary study of teacher conceptions of reading, and outlines the scope of subsequent research on teacher decisions, patterns of instruction, and time allocation. Two instruments, the Proposition Sort and the Rep Test, were used to screen 350 teachers; eleven teachers who manifested strongly-held beliefs about reading were selected for the study. The data for the study consist of 35 field observations of each teacher, during which the observer took notes and conducted pre- and post-observation interviews. Following the observation, each observer's field notes were analyzed and the results used to refocus the subsequent observational cycle. Conclusions from the study are as yet unsubstantiated. The document states that the focus of research for 1978-79 will remain on the expanded observations. In addition, the effect of institutional constraints, economic factors, and teacher decision-making processes on teacher belief systems will be explored. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (27th, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1-3, 1977)