ERIC Number: ED340189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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Generating Excitement: Teacher Enthusiasm and Students with Learning Disabilities.
Brigham, Frederick J.
This paper summarizes the information available regarding the effects of teacher enthusiasm in elementary, secondary and postsecondary settings and reports on a recent study examining effects of teacher enthusiasm with learning disabled adolescents. Operational definitions of enthusiasm as well as speculations regarding the nature of its effects are also provided. Students in two junior high school special education classrooms for learning disabilities were given 2 weeks of instruction in science with levels of teacher enthusiasm manipulated in a crossover design. Videotape recordings were used to rate teacher enthusiasm and appearance of student learning and engagement. Learning was evaluated by means of a post test. Results indicated that: (1) enthusiasm is a variable which can be manipulated; (2) learning disabled students appear to be more interested when teachers are enthusiastic; (3) students receiving the enthusiastic teaching scored substantially higher on post test evaluation; and (4) classroom behavior was more acceptable with enthusiastic teaching. Implications for special education practice as well as suggestions for incorporation of instruction in enthusiastic teaching in teacher training and inservice programs are offered. Graphics detailing findings are appended. Includes 19 references. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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