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ERIC Number: ED258824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Management and Student Engagement in High School Science.
Gallagher, James J.; Tobin, Kenneth
Activities and interactions of teachers and students from high school science classes of Western Australia were investigated. Fifteen teachers from two co-educational high schools (private and public) serving medium socio-economic level families in the metropolitan area of Perth participated in the study. The specific foci were: (1) the instructional and managerial roles of the teacher; (2) interactions between teachers and students; and (3) student engagement in the prescribed learning tasks. The ethnographic investigation consisted of field notes from observations of the teachers and students in approximately 200 science lessons, written self report data on student engagement, questionnaire data from teachers and interview data from teachers and students. Findings are summarized in reference to content knowledge of the teacher, activity structure, reward system, teacher expectations, and disruptive students. Implications for educational researchers, teachers, and teacher educators are presented. The study recommends that exemplary teachers be used in ethnographic studies for modeling. It is also suggested that the information from the study be used to assist teachers in self-examination of teaching practices and to assist teacher educators in evaluation of teacher preparation and continuing education programs. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia