ERIC Number: ED246555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-4
Reference Count: 0
What Research Tells the Principal about Effective Instruction.
Irwin, Claire C.
Research findings can assist secondary principals in promoting instructional effectiveness. Factors influencing effectiveness include societal structure, educational goals, teachers' learning theory attitudes, and student maturity, while problem areas range from selecting instructional materials to evaluating student progress. Cases indentify key research efforts and aid principals in developing checklists of essentials for supervising instruction. A first case concludes that supervision must be grounded in well-specified objectives; case 2 lists 14 teacher behaviors related to effective instruction. Case 3 notes 17 variables dramatically affecting the instructional process--among them the need for maintaining the classroom as a serious place where management tasks are routinized. A fourth case deals with a London study and again identifies variables making a difference in instructional quality, while students' test-taking behaviors is the subject of case 5. A five-part outline for teachers to use in alleviating students' test anxiety follows. Case 6 offers 34 directives for principals, and the last case deals with school violence and teacher isolation, factors inhibiting instructional progress. The paper concludes with a discussion of educational research's future, and five pages of references. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (68th, Las Vegas, NV, February 3-7, 1984).