ERIC Number: ED194522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Student Engagement in Middle School Science Classrooms.
Tobin, Kenneth G.; Capie, William
Among the teaching variables likely to influence pupil engagement rates are classroom management strategies and instructional behaviors used during presentation of the lesson. Thirteen junior high school science classes were observed to determine how variation in classroom management techniques related to variation in pupil engagement rates, and how rates and types of teaching behaviors related to rates and types of pupil engagement. The relationship between teacher behaviors of attending, recalling, collecting, comprehending, quantifying, planning, and generalizing and pupils' responsive engagement rates was documented. Higher pupil engagement rates were seen to be associated with classrooms in which appropriate classroom behavior was maintained. High engagement rates were also observed in classrooms where the teacher reinforced and encouraged the efforts of learners to maintain involvement, and used teaching methods appropriate for lesson objectives, pupils' cognitive ability, and the classroom environment. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association for the Education of Teaching of Science (Orlando, FL, November, 1980). For related document, see SP 017 087.