ERIC Number: ED394953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
A Primer on Building Teacher Evaluation Instruments.
Bitner, Ted; Kratzner, Ron
This paper presents a primer on building a scientifically oriented teacher evaluation instrument. It stresses the importance of accurate measures and accepts the presupposition that scientific approaches provide the most accurate measures of student teacher performance. The paper discusses the scientific concepts of validity and reliability, and provides a checklist for assessing student teacher observation instruments. The checklist suggests two questions relating to validity: (1) Is there ample evidence that the items chosen are related to pupil learning (content validity); and (2) Are the items used in the instrument related to any selected theory of teaching and learning (construct validity)? In reference to the reliability of the instrument, seven criteria are suggested: adequate training of those using the instrument; items stated in overtly behavioral terms; items stated positively; items written in the singular; only one type of behavior per item; items written in present tense; and all items scored using a 5-category forced choice procedure. (Contains 14 references.) (NAV)
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Content Validity, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Higher Education, Measurement Objectives, Performance Factors, Preservice Teacher Education, Reliability, Student Teacher Evaluation, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Effectiveness
Decher Hall, Anderson University, Anderson, IN 46012 ($2).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 11-14, 1995).