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ERIC Number: ED034780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 139
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An Investigation of Practitioner Evaluation and Agreement Regarding Effective Language Arts Instruction.
Henderson, Judith Elinore Taack
The purpose of this project was to investigate the feasibility, reliability and optimal procedures for using "practitioner consensus" as a means of identifying competent language arts instructors. Practitioner consensus was defined as agreement among professional personnel regarding instructors' level of competence. The professional personnel of the study (administrators, supervisors, and teachers) were from 10 schools stratified on a socioeconomic basis. Each participant was requested to independently rate the instructional competence of all language arts teachers in his school. The intraclass analysis of variance was used for estimating reliability of ratings; the Kendall Coefficient of Concordance measured the extent of association among sets of ratings; and the Spearman-Brown Prophecy Formula was used to compute the optimal number of judges. High reliabilities were obtained from both the teacher and administrator groups of raters; lower reliability was obtained from the supervisor group. While further investigation is needed at the high school level, the elementary and junior high schools supported the contention that professional practitioners with diverse roles could agree on levels of competence of language arts instructors. (Author/LK)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University