ERIC Number: ED272299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
Perspectives on the Personal: Social Psychology and Education.
Indicating that the essence of social psychology is social influence, this inaugural lecture discusses social psychological dimensions of education. Particular attention is given to the topics of teaching styles and the impact of the student's personality and social learning outcomes on school achievement. It is pointed out that recent research on classroom interaction shows some agreement on certain aspects of teaching style which help low socioeconomic status children learn. Subsequent discussion focuses on recent studies conducted in England, including Bennett's (1976) controversial study of primary classrooms, Galton and others' (1980) Leicestershire study of primary classrooms and of transition from primary to secondary schools, and Hargreaves' (1967, 1975, and 1978) studies of social relations in a secondary school, interpersonal relations and education, and the effects of the classroom on teachers' behavior. Concerning self-esteem, the consistent finding of a high correlation between low self-esteem and low school performance is supplemented with summaries of additional research findings. Concluding remarks briefly explore ways in which school ethos, classroom climate and teaching style influence student achievement and suggest that the real challenge of education is located in the interactive, social psychological processes of adaptation and engagement. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nottingham Univ. (England).
Note: Inaugural Lecture at the University of Nottingham, School of Education (Nottingham, England, November 7, 1985).