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ERIC Number: ED170276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Planning: A Simulation Study.
Mintz, Susan Levy
The purpose of this study was to describe the preactive decisions made by a group of elementary teachers as they plan reading instruction for ten unfamiliar children as though it were the beginning of a new school year. Participants in this simulation were provided with a complete profile on each child's school and family background. Resulting data indicated that teachers seek out such background information before making planning decisions. A majority of the teachers planned lessons that stressed particular reading skills. Teachers relied on the basal teacher's manual when planning, though a variety of materials were consulted during the preactive process. Activities, along with content, were usually specifically stated in the written plans. Teachers tended to manage the complexity of providing reading instruction to a variety of ability levels through the use of reading groups. On the average, teachers spent 6.5 hours per week on their planning, with more time spent on planning for primary grades than on intermediate. Reading and language arts received the greatest emphasis in planning. The majority of the teachers planned alone. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)