ERIC Number: ED283811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Differences in Teacher Behavior by Amount of Teacher Experience.
Pearce, Judy A.; Loyd, Brenda H.
This study examined 665 elementary and secondary teachers with different levels of experience to discover differences and similarities in selected teaching behaviors. Of the 57 behaviors, 16 were clustered into teacher response to student response to a question or to a student initiation. Sixteen related to teacher response to inattentive or disruptive student behavior. The remaining 25 were considered general teacher behaviors. Each teacher's classroom was observed by a single observer who recorded the behavior of the teacher and certain student behaviors during timed three-minute periods. The results of the study suggest that teacher behavior does differ for teachers with different levels of experience. The primary difference between novice and experienced teachers was less the type of behavior exhibited than the number of behaviors and the degree to which they were demonstrated. It is suggested that beginning teachers have not yet developed the routine or systematic approaches to instruction and classroom management that appear to characterize experienced teachers. The 57 behaviors observed are listed in Table 1 and described in the appendix. (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 (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).