ERIC Number: ED128343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Impediments to the Study of Teacher Effectiveness.
Berliner, David C.
The heart of performance- and competency-based teacher education, evaluation, and accountability programs is the establishment of empirical relationships between teacher behavior as an independent variable and student achievement as a dependent variable. Before researchers can adequately establish those relationships they need to deal with the problems of instrumentation, methodology, and statistics. Workers in this area must come to grips with the inadequacy of standardized tests, the unknown predictive validity of tests from special teaching units, the problem of building multivariate outcome measures, the problems of measurement of appropriateness of teacher behavior, the lack of experience in choosing an appropriate unit of analysis for describing teaching behavior, and the lack of stability of many teacher behaviors. Also discussed are the problems of how student background affects measures of teacher effectiveness, what subject matters should be examined, how normative standards and volunteer teachers affect what can be said about teachers and teaching, how individual students react to teaching skills, and how students monitor and interpret a teacher's behavior in ways that may or may not coincide with how educational theorists interpret the phenomena. (JMF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Classroom Research, Competency Based Teacher Education, Instrumentation, Learning Processes, Predictive Measurement, Research, Research Methodology, Standardized Tests, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Influence
Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 1855 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California 94103 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the National Invitational Conference on Research on Teacher Effects: An Examination by Decision Makers and Researchers (Austin, Texas, November 3-5, 1975)