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The Basic Teaching Skill [microform] : Decision Making / Richard J. Shavelson
Bib ID 5240538
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Shavelson, Richard J
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1973 
25 p. 
Summary

Any teaching act is the result of a decision, either conscious or unconscious. Previous research on basic teaching skills examined alternative teaching acts, such as explaining, questioning, reinforcing, without examining how teachers choose between one or another act. This paper argues that the basic teaching skill is decision making. This decision making process is examined using decision theory. Viewed from the decision theory perspective, a teacher has a choice of alternative acts. The choice may depend upon the teacher's subjective estimation of a student's understanding of the material and the usefulness of various alternatives in increasing that understanding. Research on teaching skills is reviewed, showing the application of current methodology to the study of teachers decision making. This conceptualization of the teacher as a decision maker incorporates previous research on basic teaching skills. Skills such as questioning and explaining represent the teacher's repertoire of alternative acts, while the skills of listening and hypothesis generation influence the quality of information from which the teacher estimates the student's understanding and the utility of alternative acts. One implication is that teacher training should include a decision making component that integrates the other basic skills. (Four figures and two tables of statistical data are included along with three pages of references.) (Author/BRB)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: OEC-6-10-078.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Cognitive Processes.  |  Decision Making Skills.  |  Instructional Systems.  |  Student Teacher Relationship.  |  Teacher Behavior.  |  Teacher Education.  |  Teaching Methods.  |  Teaching Skills.
Other authors/contributors Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching
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