ERIC Number: ED129803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-11
Developing and Improving Instruments for Measuring the Competence of Preservice Teacher Education Students.
Shearron, Gilbert F.
This paper focuses on the development and/or improvement of instruments that can be used to measure the competence of preservice teacher education students. A number of questions need to be considered before making decisions concerning the development and improvement of such instruments: (1) At what level of specificity are the competencies to be measured stated? (2) In what context (symbolic, simulated, or work) is the demonstration of the competency to be measured? (3) How often and at what points are preservice teachers to be measured? (4) Who is to be involved in measuring the performance of preservice teachers? (5) Will the measurement of competence be formative, summative, or both? (6) How much time will be required for measurement? and (7) What is to be measured? The instruments now available to measure teacher behavior fall into two categories: (1) instruments used by school systems to rate personnel and instruments developed by colleges and universities to measure performance in student teaching; and (2) instruments that have been constructed primarily for use in research. Four types of instruments suggested for measurement of preservice teacher competencies discussed are: systematic observation; rating scales, interviews, and teacher products. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Competency Based Teacher Education in Special Education: Competency Assessment (New York, August 11, 1976)