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    What You See Is What You Get

    Consistency, Persistency, and Mediocrity in Classrooms

    Kenneth A. Sirotnik
    Based on data gathered from over 1,000 elementary and secondary classrooms, Kenneth Sirotnik finds that there is little variety in teaching practices across schools in this sample —the majority of class time is spent in teachers lecturing to the class or in students working on written assignments. After examining the literature of earlier classroom observation research and comparing it to the findings of this study, Sirotnik notes the persistence of such teaching practices over the course of the century. He then questions whether this type of teaching fulfills our idea of what functions schools should serve in our society.

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    Spring 1983 Issue

    Abstracts

    Evaluating the Effect of Coaching on SAT Scores
    A Meta-Analysis
    Rebecca DerSimonian and Nan M. Laird
    What You See Is What You Get
    Consistency, Persistency, and Mediocrity in Classrooms
    Kenneth A. Sirotnik
    Equity and the LSAT
    Brian Powell and Lala Carr Steelman
    Toward Meeting the Research Needs of American Indians
    Teresa D. La Fromboise and Barbara S. Plake
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