ERIC Number: EJ768713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
The Influence of Teacher Experience on the Elementary Classroom System: An Observational Study
O'Connor, Evelyn A.; Fish, Marion C.; Yasik, Anastasia E.
Journal of Classroom Interaction, v39 n1 p11-18 Sum 2004
This study used a systems perspective to determine whether differences exist between classrooms of expert (n=35) and novice (n=35) teachers on the cohesion, communication, and flexibility dimensions of the Classroom Systems Observation Scale (CSOS). A 50-minute observation using the CSOS was conducted in elementary school classrooms in New York State. The study found classrooms of expert teachers had statistically higher levels of classroom communication and flexibility than classrooms of novice teachers, while there was no difference for classroom cohesion. Results indicate that expert teachers' classrooms were significantly more flexible than classrooms of novice teachers; however, no differences were found in the number of classrooms that fell within the balanced range. Implications for classroom environment and student learning are considered. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Classroom Techniques, Classroom Research, Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary School Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Elementary School Teachers
University of Houston, College of Education. 442 Farish Hall, Houston, TX 77204-5026. Web site: http://cmcd.coe.uh.edu/coejci/index.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York