Dispositional Statements on Student Teacher Evaluation Instruments: Commonalities across Institutions

Jul. 04, 2008

Source: The Teacher Educator, Volume 43, Issue 3 July 2008 , pages 198 - 215

The purpose of this study was to investigate summative student teacher evaluation instruments to determine the most common dispositions evaluated by teacher preparatory programs.
Thirty-two final student teaching instruments were purposely selected from across the United States and examined.

Thirteen disposition categories emerged from the data: (a) Acceptance of Criticism, (b) Critical Thinking, (c) Enthusiasm, (d) Ethics, (e) Leadership, (f) Personality, (g) Professional Growth, (h) Reflectivity, (i) Relationships, (j) Respect for Learner, (k) Self-confidence, (l) Service to Student, School and Community, and (m) Work Habits.

Although there was no consensus as to specific behaviors or characteristics that were evaluated, the results indicated that three themed areas were common across evaluation instruments: Professional Behaviors, Professional Ways of Thinking, and Personality Characteristics.

Updated: Oct. 02, 2008