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College Classroom Ecology

Franklin D. Becker, Robert Sommer, Joan Bee and Bart Oxley
Sociometry
Vol. 36, No. 4 (Dec., 1973), pp. 514-525
DOI: 10.2307/2786247
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786247
Page Count: 12
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College Classroom Ecology
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Abstract

Theree field studies were undertaken to assess amount of student participation in classsrooms of various size and arrangement, and to learn whether students perceived interest and performance in the class as a function of seating position. Study I occurred in classrooms with traditional row seating arrangements and lecture presentation. Class size was found to be related to the proportion of students participating, but no to the actual amount of time students spent in class participation. Study II occurred in laboratory settings, and the results indicated a high frequency of interaction among all members of the class. The dominant pattern of participation among instructors in the laboratory was "walk and comment." Study III was a questionnaire study in a large lecture hall. Position in the class was related to performance, students' perception of high and low levels of interest, and perceived similarity and liking of the teacher.

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