ERIC Number: ED189695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Time Utilization Study: Classroom Observation 1979-80.
In 1979 the research department of the Fort Worth Independent School District (Texas) developed a plan for evaluating the utilization of time in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. This report deals with the classroom observation undertaken in grades four, seven, and ten. Activities in math and language arts classes were categorized under the following headings: instructional activities, management activities (like taking roll), and classroom interferences. Data obtained were analyzed separately by subject for each grade and were also compiled across grades by subject area. Results showed great variations in the use of time in different classrooms. For example, direct teaching time in the various classes ranged from none to a high of 45 minutes at elementary, 52 minutes at middle school, and 50 minutes at high school. The paper recommends that the middle schools increase their amount of instructional time, decrease the amount of time students spend on applied tasks without teacher aid, and decrease the amount of time spent on management activities. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fort Worth Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.