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ERIC Number: ED027260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 22
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Validation Results: Performance Tests of Teaching Proficiency in Vocational Education.
Popham, W. James
A project was undertaken to develop and validate a method of assessing teacher competence through the use of pupil performance tests. Teachers were given a list of specific, operationally defined objectives for a particular topic and directed to teach the objectives. Teacher competence was judged in relationship to the way their students performed on pre- and posttests of behaviors stated in the objectives. An attempt to validate this method of measuring teacher effectiveness involved contrasting the results produced by experienced teachers and nonteachers (28 pairs teaching a 10-hour auto mechanics unit and 16 pairs teaching a 10-hour electronics unit to high school industrial arts classes). Calculations of mean and standard deviation, internal consistency coefficients, intercorrelations between a number of variables, and analyses of covariance between pupil scores and interest revealed no significant differences between the teachers and nonteachers. Results (which confirmed those of an earlier study using social science classes) were interpreted as indicating that the experienced teacher is not more experienced than the nonteacher in modifying learner behavior in terms of previously established instructional objectives. Findings do not, however, refute the basic assumption that performance test measures are presently the most serviceable legitimate indices of teaching proficiency. (Related to ED 013 242, BR-5-0566.) (JS)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Assn. meeting, Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 5-8, 1969.