ERIC Number: ED279627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Research on Effective Instruction on Student Teachers' Thoughts and Behaviors.
Discoll, Amy; And Others
This study investigated the impact of effective instruction research findings on the way student teachers think and talk about their teaching and the kinds of instructional strategies they demonstrate. The focus was on the influence of the cooperating teacher, the university supervisor, and weekly seminars. Twelve student teachers were divided into three groups. Group A students were placed with cooperating teachers who had studied research on effective instruction, attended weekly seminars on effective instruction research, and were guided by professors with an orientation toward effectiveness concepts. Group B students received similar treatment with somewhat different emphasis in seminars and supervisor orientation. Group C students acted as a control with neither cooperating teachers or seminars influenced by effective instruction research. Data was collected on information to verify treatment differences; student teacher instructional behaviors; and interviews on student teacher instructional thinking. Each are described in terms of collection and analysis procedures. Patterns found within the categories of demonstrated teaching behaviors were examined with respect to patterns in the way student teachers talked about their teaching. There was evidence in all three groups of the inclusion of effectiveness concepts in their vocabularies. It is suggested that effectiveness concepts are being disseminated through the schools in ways other than formal coursework and that effective teachers have been demonstrating the related behaviors without ever hearing about the research. (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 (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).