ERIC Number: ED317290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Profiles of Children's Behavior in Various Lessons.
Day, David E.; Libertini, Gail E.
This study investigated the behavioral responses of eight children to five alternate lesson types. Barker's assertion of the coercive nature of setting was examined. Questions addressed were: (1) Do children having the same or similar lessons behave asimilarly or differently? (2) Do children change their patterns of behavior as they move from one lesson type to another? (3) What effects do features of the lesson have on shifts in the behavior of children? (4) What are the features of lessons which appear to evoke higher and lower order cognition and greater and lesser amounts of peer interaction? Four children were observed in each of two primary classrooms in a nongraded elementary school. Data on aspects of the instructional context and of children's cognitive functioning, language behavior, use of materials, interaction behavior, and involvement in tasks were continuously recorded. Barker's assertion was supported. Children did alter their behavior as they moved from one lesson type to another. It is suggested that there is a relationship between: (1) instructional format, source of lessson pacing, and size of the instructional group; and (2) children's cognitive, exploratory, and social interaction behavior. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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