ERIC Number: ED251435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Teacher Beliefs Study: An Interim Report. Research on the Social Context of Teaching and Learning. R & D Report No. 8020.
Nespor, Jan; And Others
A multiple-method study of junior high school teachers' beliefs and classroom behavior focused on teachers' perceptions of teaching tasks and processes, on how their beliefs and behavior are shaped, and on constraints by outside influences. These influences, which make up the context of teaching, include organizational and community influences on teaching, constraints arising from the nature of the students being taught, and constraints originating in the task structures of the classroom organization. Data for the study were gathered during the 1982-83 and 1983-84 school years. Eight teachers in 3 schools were observed, videotaped, and extensively interviewed over a 12 week period. The conceptual framework, design, methodology, and analysis scheme for the study are described. Extensive reviews of research on teachers' beliefs, attributional processes, and decision-making strategies, as well as reviews of research on contextual influences on teachers' actions in the clasroom, are included. Various methodological approaches to the study of teacher beliefs are reviewed, and rationales for the selection of study methodologies are provided. (JD)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Community Influence, Decision Making, Junior High Schools, Organizational Climate, Research Methodology, Secondary School Teachers, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Conditions
Communication Services, Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, Education Annex 3.203, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78712.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.