ERIC Number: ED234021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Improving Junior High Classroom Management.
Emmer, Edmund T.; And Others
A field experiment was conducted to determine whether descriptive-correlational results from classroom management research could be implemented by junior high school teachers, and whether such implementation would result in improved classroom management. An experimental group (18 teachers) received management manuals developed by researchers, and attended research-based workshops on class management, while a control group did not. In addition to observation-based data, information on performance was obtained from teachers' responses to a questionnaire assessing their reactions to each section of the manual, and interviews with teachers. Results are presented by management area: (1) room arrangement; (2) rules and procedures; (3) procedures for student accountability; (4) consequence systems; (5) first week activities; (6) maintaining skills, monitoring, and discipline; (7) instructional clarity; (8) organizing instruction; and (9) adjusting instruction for special groups. Comparisons of the two groups by management areas indicated that some recommendations were used more than others, with certain areas not showing evidence of implementation. Results indicated greater use by experimental teachers of recommended management behaviors and activities along with improved student classroom behavior during the first 2 months of the school year. However, observations made during the middle of the year did not detect significant differences between the groups. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Class Organization, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Instructional Design, Junior High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Student Behavior, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Time on Task
Communications Services, Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, Education Annex 3.203, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Teaching and Learning Program.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).