ERIC Number: ED193118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Naturalistic Observation of Student Interactions with Adults and Peers in the High School.
Newman, Philip R.; Newman, Barbara M.
A study to analyze individual differences in interpersonal styles of students and to identify behavioral differences in student interactions with adults and peers is reported. The sample consisted of 18 high school males who were observed during two normal school days. Students were observed according to interactions with other students, adults, males, or females; settings where interactions occur; and content and affective style of the interactions. Results reveal five interactive styles: Group One demonstrates an average amount of interaction; Group Two, a great deal of interaction with peers and little interaction with adults; Group Three, little interaction with peers and a great deal with adults; Group Four, extremely verbal and high participators; and Group Five, low participators. Group One individuals fit into the school because they are willing to maintain a "student role" at the expense of allowing a more authentic self to emerge. Groups Two and Three probably engage students in one fashion and adults in another; more research is needed to determine their methods of interaction. Group Four persons dominate interactions so totally that it is difficult for others to make an impact on their world view. Subjects included in Group Five demonstrate some possibilities for maladaption. They view themselves as outsiders and appear anxious and unable to communicate. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A