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ERIC Number: ED152685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Structural Elements of the Instructional Process: Activity Forms and Content. DPA Helsinki Investigations 1. Research Bulletin No. 48.
Sixty videotaped lessons from six fourth-grade classes were used to examine, first, to what extent instructional processes differ from each other in relation to other properties of the teaching process during lessons belonging to varying activity forms or content types; and, secondly, to what extent differences within the instructional process are connected with teacher variables. It was found that the use of many-sided activity forms in a class positively relate with cohesion of the process, but negatively relate to abstract and authority-bounded content. It was also found that many-sided use of activity forms and cohesion in the process were rather closely connected with teacher characteristics supposedly indicating inability or unwillingness to understand pupils and with individualistic views of educational goals. Results support rather than contradict the belief that the way instruction is carried out is of greater importance than content of the instruction. They also support the hypothesis that there is a connection between certain personality traits of the teacher and instructional interaction. (Author/MJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Inst. of Education.