ERIC Number: ED163010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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The Effect of Variable Decision-Making Teaching Models on Elementary Age Children: Measures of Body Coordination and Self-Concept.
Lydon, Mary C.; Cheffers, John T. F.
Questions relating to decision making and its relatonship to body coordination and self-concept in the elementary school child are investigated in this study. The independent variable of teacher behavior was manipulated in order to provide two related learning environments. One, termed Vertical Teaching, required the teacher to retain all of the decision making authority and responsibility. In the other, termed Horizontal Teaching, some of the teacher's decision making authority and responsibility was shared with the students. The skill areas in which students participated were identical, and included movement exploraton activities; gymnastic activities were emphasized. Results of this research supported the thesis that giving students a voice in determining their learning activities during physical education does not result in a decrement in body coordination. Students exposed to the Horizontal Teaching Model did achieve the level of skill development achieved by students exposed to the Vertical Teaching Model. There was no difference in self-concept between the experimental groups. Results indicate that learners can be given some dicision making responsibility within the physical education learning environment and, at the same time, maintain an adequate level of achievement. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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