ERIC Number: ED332123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Conferencing with Individual Students To Gain Insight and Guide Learning.
This study examined conferencing as a classroom management tool in an attempt to determine if working one-on-one for brief periods of time with students would improve their behavior in the classroom. Pre- and post-observations were made using a scale devised to determine the quantity and type of on and off-task behaviors. Three students were studied: one highly involved in classroom activity, one average, and one who was not very involved. Between the pre- and post-observations, conferences were conducted with each student individually over a period of 3 weeks. It was predicted that conferencing with students would decrease their off-task behaviors by targeting and discussing them and by giving them the special attention they needed. Although the post-observation numbers showed that behaviors after the short period of conferencing did not undergo considerable change, the numbers cannot reflect the depth and breadth of what can be learned from talking one-on-one with the students. The limited time available for this project did not allow for significant behavioral change to be demonstrated, but the value of the conferences was evident in what was learned about the students personally, about their likes and dislikes, and about what motivated these children. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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