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Critical Incidents Observed in the Classroom
This paper utilizes the author's observations of critical incidents in the classroom to develop recommendations to improve teaching methods.
# 104186 | 1,425 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The paper describes the critical incidents observed in a sixth grade classroom and notes that these critical incidents were mainly due to the fact that traditional forms of instruction fail to stimulate adequately or hold the attention of students of the present multimedia generation. The paper relates that there was a large disparity in terms of motivation to participate in class activities, which involve verbal, formal instruction as opposed to more liberal, unstructured learning activities such as in the computer lab. The author underscores that educational institutions ironically seem to be lagging behind in the Information Age. The paper concludes that not only is there a need for computer technology in the class room but also that information must be presented in ways similar to more contemporary media approaches.

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Critical Incidents

From the Paper:

"Another study by Albright, Purohit, and Walsh sought to provide a qualitative perspective of class discussions in chat rooms. The results of their study was interesting in that the students were observed to conduct insightful dialogues amongst themselves in spite of the disjointed, fragmented nature of the conversations and inattention to formal written language usage the chat transcripts took; for all intents and purposes, the chat room emulated a face-to-face dialogue between the students in being spontaneous, informal and informative for the participants."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Albright, J., Purohit, K., & Walsh, C. (2002). Louise Rosenblatt Seeks for LTR: Using Chat Rooms in Interdisciplinary Middle School Classrooms; a Group of Teachers Use Internet Chat Rooms to Explore the Role of Computer-Mediated Technologies in the Lives of Their Students. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 45(8), 692+. Retrieved May 16, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Baker, J. D., & Beisel, R. W. (2001). An Experiment in Three Approaches to Teaching Average to Elementary School Children. School Science and Mathematics, 101(1), 23. Retrieved May 16, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Maxim, G. W. (2003). Let the Fun Begin! Dynamic Social Studies for the Elementary School Classroom. Childhood Education, 80(1), 2+. Retrieved May 16, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Rose, Ellen. (2003). User Error, resisting computer culture. Toronto: Between the Lines,
  • Wilson, J & Notar, C. (2003). Use of Computers by Secondary Teachers: A Report from a University Service Area. Education, 123, 695-704. Retrieved May 16, 2007, from

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