ERIC Number: ED206622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
The Shaping of Classroom Practices: Teacher Decisions.
On the premise that teacher decision making significantly influences instructional effectiveness, this study gives some insight into the decision-making process that shaped the course of reading instruction in four elementary teachers' classrooms. During one school year, the fieldwork method of research was used to discover the decisions teachers made and to describe how these decisions were reflected in their classroom practice. The four teachers made decisions on testing, grouping, materials, and management within the first month of school. After observing and reflecting on the decision-making process and through discussion with the teachers, it was concluded that the underlying purpose of decision making was not to instruct students but to manage them effectively. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Techniques, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Evaluative Thinking, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Tests
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.00).
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.