ERIC Number: ED225967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Cognitive Ethnography and Quantification of a First Grade Teacher's Selections of Strategies to Manage Students.
Pittman, Sherry I.
Results of an ethnographic study indicate that one elementary school teacher's management plan reflects interaction between teaching goals, strategies which are hierarchically arranged, and the selection criteria she considers relevant. Selection criteria include teacher beliefs about the student's personality, the student's level of required supervision, the relative intentiality and disruptiveness of the student's behavior, if the student's behavior is isolated or repeated, and if the student's behavior is improving. Once all the possibilities for action are considered, a repertoire of management strategies is produced reflecting the teacher's goals and beliefs. A technique for testing the data indicates an accuracy rate of 92 percent for predicting the teacher's selections of management strategies during another school year. Results suggest that, if a teacher has a plan in mind, it is possible to select management strategies during interactive teaching with student outcomes in mind. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Decision Making, Discipline, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Ethnography, Grade 1, Planning, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Response
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, January 27-29, 1983).