ERIC Number: ED358966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary Teachers' Reports of Their Goals and Instructional Practices in Six School Subjects. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 103.
Peterson, Penelope L.; And Others
This study documented elementary teachers' reported practices in mathematics, science, social studies, literature, art, and music. The study also identified the extent to which teachers espoused instructional goals and practices associated with teaching for understanding compared with basic skills approaches. Respondents were 678 elementary school teachers from 35 schools surveyed in California, Michigan, and Florida. Survey analysis indicated that the least common practice reported by teachers in all six subjects was to have students write text more than a paragraph long. The median proportion of time that students spent in writing was only 1-to-5 percent. A second pattern that emerged across all subjects except literature was that teachers tended to focus on practices associated with basic skills instruction rather than practices associated with teaching for understanding. Despite differences between California and Florida in their published policies, the survey showed few consistent differences between California, Florida, and Michigan teachers' reported instructional goals and practices in elementary subjects. A sample teacher survey is appended. (MM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Check Lists, Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Literature Appreciation, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, Social Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Teaching Styles
Center for Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Michigan