ERIC Number: ED281841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Priority Assessment of Teaching Skills by Teachers, Principals, and Supervisors.
Beal, Jack L.; And Others
The University of Washington Student Teacher Assessment System has identified 11 skills as necessary for effective teaching. This study examined the relative importance of these skills by surveying 234 elementary/secondary teachers, principals, and student teacher supervisors. The respondents were asked to group the most and the least important of the 11 teaching skills, as well as to select a single most important skill. The findings strongly suggest that educators do not perceive the 11 skills as equally important for hiring, or for successful teaching by new teachers. The respondents agreed strongly that a cluster of three skills relating to evaluation of student progress and to professionalism was less important than the other eight skills in the context of beginning teachers. The raters' consensus was less strong on the choice of a cluster of most important teaching skills, although there was agreement that a teacher's relationship with students was of primary importance. On the majority of skills, the teachers and principals agreed with a high consistency in their proportions of ratings, and elementary and secondary level teachers agreed for the most part on the relative importance of each skill. Ratings are displayed in tables, and brief descriptions of each skill are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).