ERIC Number: ED204282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
The School Day and Content Commitments.
Buchmann, Margret; Schmidt, William H.
Judgments on content emphasis reflect on the commitments that teachers have to course content, their attitudes toward teaching certain areas of the curriculum, and teacher's assessment of their own competence in teaching these areas. Three questions were considered: (1) What relationship, if any, is there between an internal factor and the actual choices teachers make with regard to time and content?; (2) What is the content profile for the whole day, given certain response levels on internal factors?; and (3) If time allocations in the school day affect each other, are there consistent trade-off patterns between content areas? Six elementary classrooms were observed and questionnaires administered to the teachers. The findings show clear and interesting patterns of association among (subject matter specific) variables such as attitude and competence and time allocations in the school day. (Authors/JD)
Descriptors: Competence, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Curriculum, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Individual Characteristics, Intellectual Disciplines, Personality Measures, Planning, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Time Blocks
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.