ERIC Number: ED269868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Research on Teaching and Educational Effectiveness.
Anderson, Lorin W.
Curriculum Report, v15 n4 Apr 1986
This report focuses on current attempts by researchers to examine teacher effectiveness through the "task hypothesis," which asserts that effective teachers accomplish a large and diverse set of tasks--or discrete, goal-oriented units of work--in their classroom. After an introductory critique of past efforts to assess teacher "traits" or "behaviors," the report defines task analysis, suggesting that it is better able to examine the appropriateness of teacher behavior in context than past attempts at categorizing and evaluating teacher behaviors or qualities. Eight major teacher tasks are then described, along with current research findings about their importance: (1) planning instruction; (2) assessing students; (3) clarifying behavioral rules and routines; (4) organizing the classroom; (5) creating a learning set; (6) teaching to objectives; (7) providing for student practice; and (8) maintaining student involvement in learning and disciplining inappropriate behavior. Finally, four examples are provided of school districts that are putting the research on effective teaching into practice. Selected references are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Utilization, Task Analysis, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills, Teaching Styles
Publication Sales, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($1.00 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.