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How Does Student Behavior Attract Preservice Teachers' Attention While Teaching?

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Teachers need to continuously monitor students´ engagement in classrooms. However, previous research indicates that novice teachers have difficulties to evenly distribute their attention across learners. To investigate whether novices’ attentional processes are attracted by a certain student behavior, we re-analyzed eye-tracking data from preservice teachers while they taught four simulated learners showing different behavior (Authors, 2017). With a new methodological approach, we synchronized the data with a continuous annotation of observable student behavior and conducted time series analysis on N = 3656 seconds of video material. Results indicate preservice teachers’ attention is attracted by salient on-task behavior, while they try to avoid paying attention to salient off-task behavior (i.e. disruption).