Search results for: Teacher effectiveness
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Using Improvement Science to Better Support Beginning Teachers: The Case of the Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network
This paper analyzes how Effectiveness Network (BTEN) schools supported new teacher development using a standard feedback process and improvement science methods. The findings reveal that BTEN participants almost universally reported the use of the feedback process as strengthening relationships between administrators and teachers by opening up communication and making new teachers more visible and vocal in the schools. In addition, administrators also described the consistency and inclusiveness of BTEN as important to improving relationships and developing teachers’ expertise.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2016
Using Evidence for Teacher Education Program Improvement and Accountability: An Illustrative Case of the Role of Value- Added Measures
In this article, the authors consider what can be learned from limited forms of evidence, for purposes of accountability and program improvement. They focus on examining whether differences in teacher value-added scores exist by type of teacher preparation institution attended and years of teacher experience.This study shows that there is potential in using value-added models as an additional form of evidence that can inform our understanding of the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs in producing teachers who can positively affect student learning. The authors concludes by arguing for collective responsibility among teacher education institutions, professional organizations, and state and local agencies as they respond to the demand for increased accountability.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2015
This article evaluates the work of Gargani and Strong, who claim to have developed and validated an observation system that requires only 4 hr of training, but one that can identify effective teachers using just 20 min of one video-taped lesson. Although the authors find some aspects of their work as well done, they find, more generally, that their claims are premature and inflated. Their work suffers from several problems including inattention to relevant historical work, no demonstrated ecological validity, no working theory, and lacks a clear conception of what RATE is.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2015
In this paper, the authors review the approaches taken in several states that have already estimated the effects of teacher preparation programs (TPP) and analyze the proposals for incorporating students’ test score gains into the evaluations of TPP by states that have received federal Race to the Top funds. They developed a framework to focus on three types of decisions that are required to implement these new accountability requirements: selection, estimation and reporting.
Updated: Nov. 22, 2015
A Comparative Study of Teaching Efficacy in Pre-service and In-service Teachers in Korean Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)
The main goal of this study was to investigate the differences between the pre-service and in-service teachers in terms of their levels of teaching efficacy and teaching professionalism. The participants were 593 teachers in Korean Early Childhood Education and Care.They were divided into two subgroups consisting of pre-service teachers and in-service teachers who had agreed to participate in the study. The results found that in-service teachers had higher scores than their counterparts in only one of the six subscales of teaching efficacy, which is the subscale “Teaching Strategies”. Furthermore, the results showed that the subject’s college major specialisation and some domains of professionalism were found to be predictive to both groups.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
The Role of Subject Knowledge in Primary Prospective Teachers’ Approaches to Teaching the Topic of Area
This study examines how prospective teachers’ subject knowledge influences their approach to teaching the topic of area. The strengths and limitations of the participants' subject knowledge are examined, in relation to their selection of teaching activities. The results suggest connections between these strengths and limitations, in relation to espoused teaching activities and pedagogical orientations.
Updated: Aug. 19, 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
Reflexive Professionalism: Reclaiming the Voice of Authority in Shaping the Discourses of Education Policy
This article examines who counts as an “authority to speak” on professionalism in the educational field. This article uses Foucauldian archaeology as a rigorous method to examine the shaping of discourse and acknowledges other writers who have ventured into Foucault’s toolbox to borrow one or two of his gadgets. Then the archaeological method is utilised to overview significant voices of authority from the enunciative field of professionalism and professional standards, the latter now a key strategy globally for enhancing professionalism. The authors conclude by arguing that policy needs to utilise such trustworthy evidence by listening to teachers’ and academics’ voices for a “new” and “enacted” reflexive professionalism.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2015
This study aimed to address the expressed needs of recent teacher education graduates. In an effort to assist these new educators in meeting their professional development needs, this study designed free, voluntary workshops to target some of the issues. The participants were 56 undergraduate and graduate college students majoring in teacher education. They were divided to two groups: a treatment group and a comparison group. The findings reveal that as the conclusion of the semester, the treatment group’s perceived knowledge in this area significantly improved, more so than their peers in the comparison group. Furthermore, in general, student teaching experiences yield changes in its participants. Through their fieldwork experiences, the comparison group demonstrated significant overall gains, and most specifically in lesson planning and working with diverse students.
Updated: May. 06, 2015
This article analyzes 25 years of data on the academic ability of teachers in New York State. It documents that since 1999 the academic ability of both individuals certified and those entering teaching has steadily increased. These gains are widespread and have resulted in a substantial narrowing of the differences in teacher academic ability between high- and low-poverty schools and between White and minority teachers.
Updated: Mar. 15, 2015