ERIC Number: ED261057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Profiles of Effective Teachers of Grade 8 Mathematics.
Hanna, Gila; Ryan, Doris
A study identified effective teaching strategies by constructing and comparing the teaching profiles of two eighth grade mathematics teachers whose students made significant achievement gains over the school year. This paper describes procedures used to select successful teachers within classroom groups having students with equivalent cognitive entry skills. It then compares the classroom situations and teaching strategies of the two successful teachers with the other teachers. The analysis indicated that gain in mathematics achievement in these two classes could not be attributed to differences in students' home background, class size, number of mathematics lessons per week, or teacher workload. However, the profiled teachers used different teaching strategies than their colleagues. One used an extremely organized approach to teaching wherein material was taught until mastered, thereby reducing the need to review work frequently. The other used an approach emphasizing the presentation of material followed by extensive practice in applying the material to new situations. Although both teachers placed emphasis on new material rather than on review, there were differences between their teaching practices. These differences reflected the success of both teachers in diagnosing the particular abilities of their students and adopting appropriate teaching strategies. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).