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ERIC Number: ED353291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
An Assessment of Selection Criteria Validity for a Teacher Education Program.
Riggs, Iris M.; And Others
The predictive validities of criteria for entrance into a teacher education program were studied, based on the hypothesis that criterion specificity is positively related to the predictive validity of the selection measure. Subjects (N=512) were drawn from approximately 1,200 students in the teacher education program of a small California state university. Measures from student files included the following predictor variables: (1) undergraduate grade point average (GPA); (2) scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST); (3) scores on the National Teachers Examinations; and (4) prerequisite education course grades. Three composite criterion scores of performance were based on student teaching performance as measured by university supervisors and resident teachers. Univariate correlations and multiple regression enabled the simultaneous consideration of all predictors and their relative importance. Consistent with the study's hypothesis, the methods courses were superior in their ability to account for variance in the criterion measures. Overall, GPA was also significantly correlated with all 3 criteria, but the standardized tests fell short of significance in 10 of 12 trials. Implications for selection of teacher candidates are discussed. Three tables present study data, and there is a 17-item list of references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Basic Educational Skills Test