ERIC Number: ED308475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Influences on Teachers' Decision Making and How These Affect Reading Instruction.
Howard, Katrena C.
A qualitative study examined teachers' classroom practices and reasons behind observed practices. Subjects, four fifth grade teachers of reading who taught in different elementary schools in a large metropolitan school district, were observed during reading class time for 10 consecutive days. A profile of each participant and her teaching style emerged from observations and data analysis. Results indicated that factors affecting curricular decisions can be placed into one of four categories: (1) the teacher; (2) materials/activities; (3) external factors; and (4) students. Results also indicated that these factors influenced the subjects in varying degrees and that subjects made curricular choices based upon their beliefs concerning those factors. Teacher preservice and inservice instruction changes are recommended, based on the results of this study. (Eighteen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (32nd, Atlanta, GA, October 28-30, 1988).