ERIC Number: ED318720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Student Perceptions of Teaching Competencies.
Vollmer, Marian L.; And Others
Elementary school students from kindergarten through eighth grade (N=202) used a Student Perceptions instrument to rate the behaviors of the novice and master teachers with whom they worked routinely. Assessments occurred at the beginning of the school year, in October, and near the end of the school year, in May. A 1989 study using primary grades children as assessors of teaching performance had revealed that students did not differentiate between the performance of novice interns and that of master teachers. This study, using students from primary age to the age of 13, confirmed the results of the previous study. The final results revealed that primary, intermediate, and middle level students consistently rated all of their teachers, master and novice, significantly lower at the end of the year than they had rated them at the beginning of the year. The results were directly opposed to the data obtained from expert and self-assessment studies. While the students discriminated between the competency of interns and master teachers toward the end of the school year, they were also more severe in their judgments of teaching performance toward the end of the year. This report analyses these findings and raises questions for future research. (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 Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, March 28-31, 1990) and at the Conference of the National Association of Laboratory Schools (Chicago, IL, February 1990).