ERIC Number: ED191797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Thoughts While Teaching: The South Bay Study, Part II. Research Series No. 58.
McNair, Kathleen; Joyce, Bruce
This study of teacher decision-making behavior investigated ten elementary teachers' teaching styles, decision-making behavior, and concepts of students. Each teacher was videotaped six times at intervals over the school year. The teachers viewed the tapes and at various points were asked to describe what they believed they were thinking about at the time. These descriptions were analyzed and categories of concern emerged. In order of significance the concerns reported were: content of the lesson, procedures, time, and materials. Concern with pupil learning, attitudes and behavior accounted for nearly forty per-cent of the total, and concern with learning tasks, facts, and ideas for nearly thirty per-cent. Concerns were relatively stable across time, and individual differences between teachers were relatively small. The effect of these concerns on teaching style are discussed. Teachers tended to make "fine tuning" adjustments within the recitation pattern of teaching rather than make major changes in teaching strategy. (Authors/JD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Behavior Patterns, Cognitive Processes, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Feedback, Interaction, Lesson Plans, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Reaction, Teacher Behavior, Teaching Styles
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Note: For related documents, see SP 015 348, SP 015 658, and SP 015 914.