ERIC Number: ED327479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Learning To Moderate Discussions.
Klinzing, Hans G.; Floden, Robert E.
This paper discusses several interrelated processes aimed at helping teachers to use an experimental approach to improve their teaching. In making a diagnosis, the teacher generates a hypothesis about the relationship between his/her potential behavior and its effect upon the students. Following the formulation of such a hypothesis, the teacher observes the student responses to his/her behavior. These observations are interpreted in terms of the purposes that motivated his/her behavior in the first place. To practice teaching as experimentation, teachers need interrelated, overlapping categories of knowledge and abilities: (1) background knowledge; (2) abilities to use concepts to guide analysis and actions; (3) capacity for generating hypotheses; and (4) ability to carry out actions suggested by the hypotheses and to learn from the results. A discussion is presented on the role and content of these interrelated abilities and the methods that have been developed to help teachers acquire them. It is pointed out that developing these abilities enables a teacher to use class discussion as an effective teaching tool. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).