ERIC Number: ED295819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Psychosocial Environment in Exemplary Teachers' Classrooms.
Fraser, Barry J.; Tobin, Kenneth
This paper provides a focus on the successful and positive facets of schooling from a series of case studies. The study involved 13 researchers in over 500 hours of intensive classroom observation of 20 exemplary teachers and a comparison group of non-exemplary teachers. The qualitative information was complemented by quantitative information obtained from the administration of questionnaires assessing student perceptions of classroom environment. Interpretation of data included comparisons made between the actual classroom environment of exemplary teachers and the following: (1) the actual environment of comparison groups from past research; (2) the classroom environment preferred by exemplary teachers' classes; and (3) the actual classroom environment of non-exemplary teachers of the same grades in the same school. It was found that exemplary teachers' classes can be differentiated from non-exemplary teachers' classes in terms of the psychosocial environment as perceived by students. Also the classroom environments created by the exemplary teachers generally were markedly more favorable than those of non-exemplary teachers. Two of the instruments used in the study are included in the appendix. (RT)
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988). Charts and drawings may not reproduce well.