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ERIC Number: ED227735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Classes of Legitimate Evidence for Identifying Effective Teaching.
Wagner, Paul A.
A criterion for selecting sources of evidence to evaluate effective teaching is described. It is suggested that teaching effectiveness is not measured solely in terms of cognitive change in students but in the extent to which academics practice teaching in accordance with the moral dictates of the profession. In developing a teacher effectiveness evaluation criterion, it is important that judgments be as objective and fair as possible, even though the selection of attributes of teacher effectiveness necessary reflects the biases of the evaluator. It is argued that there is no rationale for soliciting student responses as a measure of effective teaching, since a person who knows nothing about a specific set of skills and information as well as the larger discipline is in no position to comment on the academic merit of students' acquired knowledge of such materials from a given teacher. On the other hand, by examining student examinations, discipline specialists are in a position to make an educated guess about the extent of student learning resulting from course participation. Other faculty members are also good sources of judgment about the sufficiency of topics covered in the course. It is unlikely that students can make informed judgments about whether an instructor has effectively taught in a morally responsible way. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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