ERIC Number: ED251430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Differences in Teacher-Student Interactions for Students Differing in Ability and Behavior. R & D Report No. 4094.
Expectation research has frequently assumed that teachers respond differently to students, based upon their perceptions of student ability. Because general student behavior is correlated with ability, however, it is possible that teachers are responding to differences in behavior rather than ability. A study examined the relationship between teacher behavior to teacher perceptions of student ability, and the relationship of teacher behavior to teacher perceptions of student behavior. Data were obtained on teacher-student interactions in 105 seventh- and eighth-grade mathematics and English classes. Results indicated that both perceptions of ability and general student behavior affected teacher behavior. This suggests that both student characteristics should be considered when attempting to understand differences in teacher behavior. The study also demonstrates the importance of considering the context in which teacher-student interactions occur, since results in this study for English instruction were not the same as the results for mathematics classes. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: 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.