ERIC Number: EJ882321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Can Teacher Instructions Be Improved to Enhance Task Completion by Primary Schoolchildren?
Boyle, Christopher; Lauchlan, Fraser
Support for Learning, v25 n2 p70-73 May 2010
This article considers the role of verbal and written instructions in influencing students' successful completion of a task. Two classes of children in a primary school were asked to complete a set of tasks from an instruction sheet. In addition, however, one of the classes was given a verbal instruction by the class teacher to read all of the instructions prior to attempting the task. The findings indicated that there was a significant difference between the two groups. The class that received the additional verbal instruction demonstrated a significant increase in the number of children who were able to complete the tasks correctly when compared to the written instruction only group. In conclusion, the research demonstrated that written instruction only by teachers can lead to a vastly reduced amount of accurate responses to a specified task.
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Children, Primary Education, Verbal Communication, Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
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