ERIC Number: ED385456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
The Subject Matters. Classroom Activity in Math and Social Studies.
Stodolsky, Susan S.
Through observation of fifth-grade mathematics and social studies classes, this study reveals that subject matter, a variable often overlooked in recent research, has a profound effect on instructional practice. The study analyzes the interrelations among forms of instruction, levels of student involvement, and subject matter. The analysis challenges educational research showing that classroom activities are coherent actions shaped by the instructional context--especially what is taught. The research contradicts the received view of both teaching and learning as uniform and consistent arguing that individual teachers arrange instruction very differently, depending on what they are teaching, and students respond to instruction very differently, depending on the structure and demands of the lesson. (RJC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Research, Grade 5, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Social Studies
The University of Chicago Press, 5801 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED532215
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