Section archive - Assessment & Evaluation
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The purpose of the study was to determine the particular preservice and in-service variables that best explained variations in the participants’ confidence and competence beliefs. The findings reveal that preservice preparedness to work with young children and their families, and in-service types of types of training activities were important predictors of self-efficacy beliefs.
Updated: Sep. 20, 2015
Putting TPACK on the Radar: A Visual Quantitative Model for Tracking Growth of Essential Teacher Knowledge
This article proposes a visual and quantitative representation of TPACK that will help teachers better understand the TPACK framework and track their growth in the knowledge domains over time. The authors found that many students used “TPACK” to refer to both the knowledge domain and the overall model in their reflections. While this improper use of terminology could be construed as a lack of understanding of TPACK, they believe this is another consequence of the video script, and not of the model. A common theme from the reflections gathered from treatment group A was that the TPACK radar diagram model was about growth and improvement.
Updated: Aug. 10, 2015
This article utilizes five characteristics of “good” scientific theory: accuracy, consistency, scope, simplicity, and fruitfulness- taken from the work of Thomas Kuhn. Based upon this examination, four suggestions are provided to support future research into technology integration that seek to help address limitations in the TPACK framework and to inform its appropriate and thoughtful use in research and practice.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate student interns’ perceptions of the e-portfolio process and what they learned as a result of this practice. The researchers gathered in-depth information from 224 students, who were required to create e-portfolios for their academic program during their final semester of the 2008–2009 academic year. Several themes emerged from this study: increased scope, timing, alignment with standards, guidance, opportunities to document growth, organize work according to standards, and type and frequency of feedback provided by faculty and other key personnel to students developing e-portfolios.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2015
This study investigated the current practices and training needs of early childhood professionals in conducting assessment with young children with and at-risk of disabilities. The findings reveal that the participants reported that they used a wide range of standardized tools and nonstandardized methods to assess children’s development in the developmental domains. Three of the top five tools most frequently used by professionals to assess children’s skills are curriculum-based assessment methods that are developmentally based and that take into consideration the child’s experiences and background. The authors recommend that preservice teacher preparation programs must include numerous targeted field assignments. Furthermore, preservice teachers must receive instruction in how to use a few of the most commonly used tools and assessment methods.
Updated: Jul. 27, 2015
Using Student Test Scores to Measure Teacher Performance: Some Problems in the Design and Implementation of Evaluation Systems
This article aims to draw attention to some underappreciated problems in the design and implementation of evaluation systems that incorporate value-added measures.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2015
This study addresses the struggles White preservice English teachers’ experience in making sense of unfamiliar ethnicities in narrative forms and how this frustration might be mediated. Findings reveal a keen interest in understanding and engaging with multicultural literature among participants coupled with a persistent hesitation to include it and related conversations of race in their instruction. Participants opened themselves to learning more about others but struggled to implicate themselves in the transfer of new knowledge to teaching practice.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2015
This study aimed to add to the growing base of knowledge about teachers’ engagement with assessment data and their motivation for classroom assessment. The findings settled into four main categories: (1) teachers use for learning assessment to improve student achievement, (2) an imbalance of formative assessment – assessment as learning was not used consistently, (3) inconsistent formalization of observation into meaningful assessment data, and (4) the tension between internal and external motivators for student assessment. The author concludes with some recommendations for teacher preparation programs, professional development for teachers and school and district administration.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015
The purpose of this case study was to investigate the impact of using an electronic assessment systems (EAS) beyond meeting minimal teacher education program compliance obligations. The findings reveal that many of the challenges the authors have encountered while implementing this yearly evaluation cycle fall into three categories: data, analysis, and ownership. Based on their experiences, the authors suggest a framework for the systematic, continuous review of assessment data, a Yearly Program Evaluation Cycle. They argue that having a systematic assessment model helps build agreement among faculty and administration regarding assessment planning, analyzing results, and, then later, implementing the changes based on this analysis.
Updated: May. 11, 2015
This study explores changes over time in assessment strategies and identifies variables that facilitate that change by examining assessment practices of secondary teacher candidates enrolled in a one-year postbaccalaureate teacher education program that prepares candidates for teaching in rural and urban settings in Alaska. There was a change in emphasis and range of assessment strategies between the first and second semester of the teacher education program. The extent of change varied between rural and urban candidates indicating a need for more attention to the specifics of rural education. The variables that changed candidates’ emphasis and range of assessment strategies the most included mentor teachers, field experiences inclusive of unit planning, and the university coursework.
Updated: May. 04, 2015