ERIC Number: ED160231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Impact of Specially Designed Settings on Children's Involvement: A Pilot Project.
Berman, Louise M.; And Others
The purpose of this pilot project was to determine whether involvement, as described by verbal and nonverbal indicators, increased as children worked at language arts learning centers characterized by increasing possibilities for involvement. Twelve first graders, randomly selected from an open space school, were each observed at three learning centers. Thirty-six 15-minute observations were videotaped and recorded by 2 observers who used the Tally Sheet for Verbal and Nonverbal Indicators of Involvement to code the subject's behavior. Verbal utterances were also recorded verbatim and categorized during these observations. Learning centers consisted of activities designed so that 2 children could engage in a task independent of a teacher. The Level I learning center consisted of classification tasks, requiring pupils to sort and match pictures in the areas of reading, social studies and science. The Level II learning center was open-ended and consisted of art activities involving paper, pencils, crayons, etc. The Level III learning center consisted of a large prop box and adjacent shelves containing an assortment of clothing, toys and household items which lent themselves to a variety of uses in dramatic play. Results of an analysis of variance indicated that as the learning centers increased in complexity, so did the number of observed indicators of involvement. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on Employment and Unemployment Statistics.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.; Maryland Univ., College Park.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Coll. of Education.