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ERIC Number: ED443348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 40
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Interacting as Experimenting. The Integration of Interaction Laboratory Functions for Lecture Improvement: Four Studies.
Klinzing, Hans Gerhard
This paper examines four studies, integrated into regular courses for the preparation of secondary school teachers at the University of Tuebingen (Germany), that assessed the effectiveness of an interaction laboratory to enhance social competence, as well as lecturing skills. The program involved formal instruction; symbolic modeling and discrimination training; simulation, planning exercises, and development of alternatives; practice in experimental settings with feedback; and reflective discussions. The studies examined whether the program, designed to integrate four functions of laboratory experience (skill acquisition, hypothesis generation and decision making, skillful execution of behavior, and reflection), would significantly improve participants' presentations in the areas of clarity, interest of presentation, and social climate. Participants included 125 university students studying to become secondary school teachers in various subject areas, as well as an additional 141 business executives and university professors. The first three studies used a pretest-posttest design and the fourth used a posttest-only design. Participants presented brief lectures that were videotaped and analyzed for clarity and interest of presentation and social climate during presentation. They also completed end-of-program questionnaires. Results suggest that laboratory experience can integrate all four functions. Trainees not only learned the skills, but also learned to apply them appropriately and effectively. Twelve figures and data tables summarize results. (Contains 146 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany