ERIC Number: EJ1179725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Classroom Social Dynamics Management: Why the Invisible Hand of the Teacher Matters for Special Education
Farmer, Thomas W.; Dawes, Molly; Hamm, Jill V.; Lee, David; Mehtaji, Meera; Hoffman, Abigail S.; Brooks, Debbie S.
Remedial and Special Education, v39 n3 p177-192 May-Jun 2018
The "invisible hand" is a metaphor that refers to teachers' impact on the classroom peer ecology. Although teachers have the capacity to organize the classroom environment and activities in ways that contribute to students' social experiences, their contributions are often overlooked in research on students' peer relations and the development of social interventions. To address this, researchers have begun to focus on clarifying strategies to manage classroom social dynamics. The goal of this article is to consider potential contributions of this perspective for understanding the social experiences of students with disabilities and to explore associated implications for the delivery of classroom-focused interventions to support their adaptation. Conceptual foundations of classroom social dynamics management and empirical research on the peer relationships of students with disabilities are outlined and the potential of the concept of the "invisible hand" is discussed in relation to other social support interventions for students with disabilities.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Special Education, Disabilities, Intervention, Peer Relationship, Peer Groups, Social Experience, Class Activities, Figurative Language, Group Membership, Social Development, At Risk Students
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