Toward a Technology Which Helps Teachers Humanize Their Classrooms

Aspy, David N.
March 1971
Educational Leadership;Mar1971, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p626
This article describes a technique developed for enhancing the level of humaneness in classrooms. The levels of empathy, congruence, and positive regard provided by the teacher relate positively and significantly to the cognitive growth of his students. One of the difficulties faced by those who wish to enhance the level of humaneness in classrooms has been the lack of assessment procedures. However, this problem has been somewhat solved by the modification of a technique developed for evaluation of psychotherapy interviews. The general process of this technique is quite simple and employs two basic components: audio tape recordings of normal classroom procedure and evaluation of those audio recordings by trained raters who employ scales for various dimensions of the classroom interaction. The dimensions which have been investigated are: Teacher response to student meaning; Teacher genuineness; Teacher respect for students; Teacher promotion of student success; and Student involvement.


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