ERIC Number: ED230492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Reducing and Combining Classroom Observation Categories into Behavioral Profiles. Report No. 5088.
Kerker, R. M.; Clements, R. O.
The Stanford Research International (SRI) classroom observation system provides a description of the classroom environment with emphasis on interactions between teachers and students and among students. Included in the SRI observation system is the Five Minute Observation (FMO), which records classroom interactions into "frames" completed four times per hour describing "who" performed the observed action, "to whom" it was directed, and "what was done." While this system provides an excellent picture of the classroom, the amount of information provided is overwhelming. A method was developed for reducing the amount of data to be analyzed. FMO data from observations of nine second-grade classrooms was categorized by combinations of "who" and "to whom" codes found to occur most frequently. These categories were further divided into teacher-initiated and student-initiated interactions. It was felt that this system of categorization captured the major classroom interactions and excluded information of little educational value. A teacher profile created on the basis of categorical FMO can provide a basis for discerning the effects of various teaching styles on student behavior. (JD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Research, Data Collection, Elementary Education, Interaction Process Analysis, Research Methodology, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Behavior, Teaching Methods
Research & Development Center for Teacher Education, 3.203 Education Annex, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.