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ERIC Number: ED365662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Prisoners or Volunteers: Developing Mutual Respect in the Elementary Science Classroom.
Huber, Richard A.; And Others
This study was conducted to investigate how teacher educators might help preservice teachers enrolled in a science methods course understand the need for mutual respect rather than coercion between pupil and teacher in an elementary classroom. An evaluation instrument was developed that consisted of a pre and post open-ended response to a quotation from Albert Einstein in which he stated that the worst thing for teachers to do is to use fear, force, and artificial authority. An experimental group (N=19), randomly divided into 3 sections, received a one-period lesson in cooperative learning. Each group of students was assigned one of three situations to analyze and write about: (1) five practices used by guards to manage the prison population; (2) five ways in which community volunteers are probably treated to encourage continuance of their efforts; and (3) five characteristics of a favorite teacher from public school years. The control group (N=20) did not participate in the lesson. Results show no significant difference in post-test scores between treatment and control groups. Some attitudinal change did occur over the course of the semester, but it was considered to be more a function of modeling and explaining by the instructor than the result of a single lesson. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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