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Teachers’ Decision Making

by Richard J. Shavelson - 1976

Decision making is pervasive in teaching. Descriptive studies have even suggested that "the list of instructional decisions made by classroom teachers is infinite." Regardless of the actual number, decisions—sometimes conscious but more often not—are involved in almost every aspect of a teacher's professional life, especially in planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction. Most, if not all teaching, then, is based on decisions made by the teacher after complex cognitive processing of available information.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 75, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 77 Number 5, 1976, p. 372-414
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19096, Date Accessed: 2/27/2021 7:44:12 AM

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  • Richard Shavelson
    University of California, Los Angeles
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    RICHARD J. SHAVELSON is an Associate Professor of Education at UCLA.
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