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ERIC Number: ED109170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 21
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Reference Count: 0
CBTE: A Critical Look. Evaluating and Assessing Competencies for Elementary Science Education.
Berger, Carl F.; Roderick, Stephen A.
Groups of teachers in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan identified 143 characteristics a competent elementary school teacher should have in order to teach science. When teacher educators were asked to rate these competencies major discrepancies became obvious. Teacher educators placed a very important value on competencies which were rated low or as having no value by practicing teachers. Such differences in perception become critical when practicing teachers evaluate the performance of student teachers whose goals are more likely to be those advocated by teacher educators. Further, teachers and teacher educators differed significantly in their estimations of when a competency should be attained. Three conclusions can be drawn from this preliminary research: (1) Teacher educators appear to attach less importance to classroom discipline and record keeping and more importance to working with students; (2) Teacher educators appear to believe that competencies should be attained earlier in the student's career; and (3) The differences found between teachers and teacher educators indicate that assessment of the competencies themselves is as important a task as assessing student's attainment of the tasks and should be included in any competency based program. The 143 competencies are included in the Appendix. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D. C. March 30-April 3, 1975)