ERIC Number: ED027418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Performance Tests of Instructor Competence for Trade and Technical Education. Final Report.
Popham, W. James
Two performance tests of teaching proficiency in the field of trade and industrial education were developed during this project, one in the field of auto mechanics (carburetion) and one in the field of electronics (power supplies). An assessment was made of each test's ability to distinguish between experienced teachers and the non-teacher with respect to their ability to achieve pre-specified instructional objectives. All subjects, teachers and non-teachers, were given sets of operationally defined objectives. They attempted to achieve goals during an instructional period of approximately 10 hours. Pre- and post-tests based explicitly on the objectives were given to each subject's pupils, and average class achievement was used as the index of the teacher's proficiency. Twenty-eight auto mechanics teachers and 28 non-teachers instructed over 1,200 pupils while 16 electronics and 16 non-teachers instructed over 700 pupils. Comparisons of pupil performance data revealed no systematic differences between the performance of the teacher and non-teacher group of either auto mechanics or electronics. These results were attributable to problems associated with the training of teachers as well as the reinforcement structures operating when they commenced training. (EM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Auto Mechanics, Behavioral Objectives, Electronics, Experimental Teaching, Performance Criteria, Performance Tests, Pretesting, Pretests Posttests, Questionnaires, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teachers, Test Construction, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.