Section archive - Assessment & Evaluation
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Development of a Scale to Assess the Demand for Specific Competences in Teachers after Graduation from University
This study provides the information on demands and abilities in teaching graduates for the universities in Germany. A specialised teacher module was developed in the framework of the German Cooperation Project for Graduate Tracer Studies. Overall, the results of the first analyses emphasise the scale’s potential to provide insight into the demands for which students should be prepared by their teaching studies.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014
Using a Standardized Video-Based Assessment in a University Teacher Education program to Examine Preservice Teachers Knowledge related to Effective Teaching
The purpose of this study was to analyze the implementation of the Video Assessment of Interactions in Learning (VAIL) as a standardized measure of preservice teacher learning. Based on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, the VAIL measures participants’ ability to identify effective teaching strategies and interactions related to emotional supports, classroom organization, and instructional supports. The data suggest that the VAIL may be a useful tool in examining preservice teacher learning. However, large variability in preservice teachers’ ability to identify effective teaching strategies and behaviors remains unexplained by this model.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2014
To evaluate the impact of the emergent national teacher performance assessment (TPA) on student teachers (STs), this study examined a pilot implementation at one university in Washington State during Spring 2011. The findings reveal that there are some potential benefits to the TPA that may positively affect student and teacher learning. The finding show that STs report greater levels of reflection enabling them to better focus on student thinking. Similarly, university supervisors see the TPA as an opportunity to shift the analysis of teaching episodes to the ST, thereby developing more complex pedagogical thinking in teacher candidates.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014
This article describes grade inflation as compromises the signaling value of grades and undermines their capacity to achieve the functions for which they are intended. Therefore, the authors argue that grade inflation must be understood in terms of the signaling power of grades. Analyzing data from four nationally representative samples, they find that in the decades following 1972: (a) grades have risen at high schools and dropped at 4-year colleges, in general, and selective 4-year institutions, in particular; and (b) the signaling power of grades has attenuated little, if at all.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2014
This article presents a thematic analysis of the research evidence on assessment feedback in higher education (HE) from 2000 to 2012. This review focuses on the feedback that students receive within their coursework from multiple sources.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2014
This study explored how preservice teachers demonstrate evidence of cultural competence in the work sample. Using the Teacher Work Sample (TWS), a plan for instruction serving as a teacher performance assessment, the research examines the document for evidence of cultural competence. Twenty TWSs ultimately fell into four distinct categories designated as static, reactive, active, and proactive. The author concludes that this study found heavy evidence of recognition and response within the reactive, active, and proactive TWSs; however, teacher educators must take care to use multiple ways to measure the cultural competence of preservice teachers, and we need more research in this area.
Updated: Oct. 06, 2014
Year One Implications of a Teacher Performance Assessment’s Impact on Multicultural Education across a Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Program
This case study examines the impact of implementation of a standardized teacher performance assessment (TPA) on the infusion of multicultural education across a secondary education teacher preparation program. The findings reveal that teacher candidates exhibited movement toward the TPA’s objectives of supporting culturally and linguistically diverse learners by helping them to access core lesson content. However, at the same time teacher candidates observed a disconnect between the TPA and multicultural education-related topics and expressed desire for the opportunity to make such connections in class. The authors recommend to develop professional learning communities cultivate relational trust and transparent critical reflection on personal background, bias, institutional inequity, and examine the impact of each on the teaching and learning process.
Updated: Sep. 28, 2014
This article presents the results from ‘staged’ focus groups with lecturers and students from the UK and China that created a forum for a dialogue, where many of key ‘generic’ assessment task words and their interpretations were talked about. Results show very different interpretations, informed by factors such as ‘language’, ‘culture’ and ‘subject’. The authors suggest that these factors be used in an ‘anti-glossary’ approach, which they describe here.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2014
The purpose of this study was to determine how teachers rate themselves as compared to how students rate teachers. The authors used the Teacher Efficacy the External Influences Scale. This study demonstrates the utility of asking students to rate their teachers. In addition, the results indicate that students and teachers might perceive what influences students from different perspectives.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2014
This article is organised around three themes, each one illuminating half a century of historical life. The author concludes that the article underlines how comparison is becoming one of the main instruments of governance in contemporary societies.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014