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Tasks and Social Relationships in Classrooms : A study of instructional organisation and its consequences - Steven T. Bossert

Tasks and Social Relationships in Classrooms

A study of instructional organisation and its consequences

Paperback Published: 17th December 1979
ISBN: 9780521295055
Number Of Pages: 132

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Moving beyond the assumption that a teacher's personality or expectations are the primary determinants of classroom behaviour to the more complex sociological perspective of group organisation and social relationships, Steven Bossert provides a glimpse inside the 'black box' of the classroom, as well as clear methodological and conceptual implications for future research and policy making. Although common sense tells us that schooling involves social interaction, most studies have ignored the nature of the classroom as a group and have failed to illuminate the link between learning processes and social relationships. The behaviour of each class member must be seen in relation to the overall pattern of teacher and pupil interactions within the group. When the author explores the implications of classroom organisation for group relations, the importance of the structure of resources, roles, expectations, values and verbal exchanges in the school environment fades in relation to that of the structure of tasks, task evaluation systems and supervision. The social organisation of the classroom thus emerges as more significant than individual relationships in understanding behaviour.

List of tables
The setting and study design
Four classrooms
The teacher-pupil relationship
Peer relations
The impact of task organisation
Activity structures and learning: some implications
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ISBN: 9780521295055
ISBN-10: 052129505X
Series: American Sociological Association Rose Monographs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 17th December 1979
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.79
Weight (kg): 0.2

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