Saturday, June 03, 2006

Random Name Selection Software Teacher Bias

"Bias-busting tech keeps kids focused

Researcher uses handheld computer and name-generation software to keep kids engaged From eSchool News staff and wire service reports

A handheld computer with software that randomly selects students' names is an effective tool for making sure students pay attention and do their homework, an education researcher has found. Originally intended to increase class participation and eliminate any bias in how teachers call on students for discussion, the solution also was found to increase students' attentiveness and boost their chances of success."

This does seem to be a sweet program to have. I think though, that teachers who are aware of the need to reach all students really try hard to make sure they call on everyone. It will help teachers from falling into the subjective trap of calling on the students they know will have the answer so they can move on. Perhaps the target group that may be most improved are the lecture class sizes that by`definition allow students to get lost in the crowd.

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At 6/15/2006 3:22 PM, Blogger Chris McDowall said...

This does sound interesting, but I think a good teacher can choose a pupil to pick for a question for the right reasons, rather than it being random every time.

Of course lying is always an option...

At 6/19/2006 5:43 PM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

Yes, I agree with you. However, I think that for large lecture rooms, this could be a real keep-on-your-toes hit!


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