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ERIC Number: ED199230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
The Sociometric IEP.
Otey, John W.
This paper presents a method of identifying classroom social structures that can be used by teachers involved with writing behavioral objectives and Individualized Education Plans (IEP). By measuring the classroom environment, one has a greater probability of achieving the desired learning environment. A sociometric test enables the teacher to know where to begin and how to arrange the necessary conditions for learning. Because the test is not standardized, a personal procedure should be established so that sociograms can be compared over a period of time. Assumptions, procedures, and uses of this sociometric technique are stated, followed by a list of precautionary guidelines. The method is described in eight steps and involves students' selections of peers to work with (or not to work with) on small projects. All choices are kept secret by the teacher and used to plot the sociograms. It is noted that some students may be reluctant to make choices and that students are generally hesitant in making the negative choices, even though they are kept secret. Students' social skills, isolated students, and cliques become apparent, and the teacher can observe more accurately the students' attitudes towards their classmates. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
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 Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, January, 1981).