What is the effect of having a substitute teacher in a science or math class : is it a productive class?

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Montana State University - Bozeman, Graduate School


In this study I looked at the effects of substitute teaching in science and math classes. There are several different points of view with regard to substitute teaching; the substitute teacher, the students, the contracted teacher, and the administration. I looked at the substitutes', the students', and the teachers' points of view on the effectiveness of substitute teaching. Most perceive that having a substitute is like having a "cake day." That should not be the case. What happens when they actually have to apply science or math? What happens when students are expected to learn from a substitute teacher? I looked at the students' attitudes, their acquired knowledge from a topic that I taught, their expectations, my expectations for them, and the expectations of the absent contract teacher.




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