ERIC Number: ED109365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Characteristics and Teaching Effectiveness of Vocational Industrial Education Instructors.
Swartz, Ned K.; Vivekananthan, Pathe S.
Previous research studies revealed that teachers' background characteristics (mainly educational trade experience, and teaching experience levels) had different effects on teaching experience. Since an examination of teaching effectiveness should be considered in the teacher certification process, the study focused on determining the effects of trade experience, teaching experience, and formal professional education on the classroom teaching performance of vocational industrial education instructors. The ratings from five sources are simultaneously analyzed. Four hundred fifty-three trade and industrial education instructors were identified from the records of full-time trade teachers in Virginia. Using a stratified random sampling technique, 72 instructors were selected and evaluated by one school administrator, one school division supervisor, two teacher-peers, one self-rating, and one class of students taught by the instructor. Of the 432 rating packets mailed, 406 (94 percent) were returned. The results are presented in tabular form. The analysis of the data indicates that years of teaching experience were not emphasized by any group of raters, while trade experience was emphasized by administrators and teachers themselves. Trade experience and professional education did not contribute to teaching effectiveness from the point of view of students, teacher-peers, nor when all five rating groups were combined. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Data Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Sampling, Self Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Supervisors, Tables (Data), Teacher Certification, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications, Trade and Industrial Teachers
Dr. Ned Swartz, School of Education, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D. C., April 2, 1975)