Teaching Behavior and Student Achievement
A Master Gardener teaching and working with a youth in a garden


Teaching Methods


How to Cite

Barrick, R. Kirby, and Andrew C. Thoron. 2016. “Teaching Behavior and Student Achievement: AEC582/WC244, 1/2016”. EDIS 2016 (1). Gainesville, FL:6. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-wc244-2016.


Student achievement can clearly be enhanced through effective teaching behaviors, but what kinds of teacher behaviors lead to higher achievement among learners? This 6-page fact sheet describes five different teacher behaviors that can lead to higher student achievement. These behaviors are clarity, variability, enthusiasm, task oriented and/or businesslike behavior, and student opportunity to learn criterion material. Written by R. Kirby Barrick and Andrew C. Thoron, and published by the Agricultural Education and Communication Department, January 2016.



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