ERIC Number: ED348265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-17
Reference Count: N/A
What Makes a Good Teacher: Perceptions of Effective and Ineffective Primary Teachers in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the U.S.
Shaw, Larry J.; And Others
This study examines the idea that a major aspect of improving the effectiveness of schools hinges on obtaining a better understanding of what it is that makes teachers effective. The researchers surveyed university students in Botswana (n=54), Zimbabwe (n=54), and the United States (n=70) who were training to be teachers and asked them what they remembered of their own primary teachers. The study sought to identify characteristics associated with effective and ineffective teachers. The researchers were interested particularly in the extent to which any cross-cultural differences would be revealed in the students' responses. Among the outcomes of the study, it was found that U.S. students tended to place more importance on personality skills as a measure of teacher effectiveness, while students from Botswana and Zimbabwe tended to give greater weight to instructional skills. An 18-item list of references is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Botswana; Zimbabwe
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (35th, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1991).