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ERIC Number: ED102688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Pages: 12
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Teacher Evaluation: Process Accountability. A Practical Approach to Assessing Staff Competence.
Polhemus, William D.
For sixty years educators have been concerned with assessing staff "effectiveness." Perhaps we are still concerned with this problem because we have been chasing a will-of-the-wisp. In a profession such as education, we should attempt to measure staff competence rather than staff effectiveness. There are three basic ways of assessing teaching: by using presage criteria (teacher characteristics), by using product criteria (pupil gain), or by using process criteria (teaching activities). Teacher characteristics can be identified (if not measured), but they do not differentiate teaching acts. Student gain can be measured, but we can't measure how much is a result of the teacher's efforts and how much is a result of variables the teacher can't control. Teaching activities can be observed and recorded as data, and, by using a criterion-referenced assessment instrument (such as the Instrument for the Observation of Teaching Activities assessment program), these data can be related to a set of educational expectations. Assessment will not improve teaching by itself; what is done to improve the conditions revealed by the assessment is of major importance. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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