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The decisionmaking task of the teacher, often referred to as the teacher's hidden agenda, has only in the last fifteen years been a specific topic of educational research. One prominent researcher in this field goes so far as to say that decisionmaking is "the basic teaching skill" (Shavelson, 1973). Teachers must wrestle daily with a myriad of demands and mandates while simultaneously being expected to provide the best possible instruction for students in their classrooms. It is not news to practitioners in the field that there are countless decisionmaking points in their day, but the current level of research in this area of teacher expertise, provides it with credence and new stature. Teachers can learn from these studies, gain insights, and work toward improving this aspect of teaching. Moreover, as a result of these studies, a reasonalble [sic] goal seems to be to use the influential factors, methods, and practices ennumerated in these studies for teacher inservices.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Norman McCumsey


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