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ERIC Number: ED451229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Three Ability Framework (3AF): A Paradigm for Evaluating the Quality of Teaching.
Bastick, Tony
This paper describes a new, but tried and tested, paradigm in teacher evaluation: the Three Ability Framework (3AF). Previous research has identified three fundamental abilities that faculty implicitly expect to develop in their courses: technical skills, professional competence, and professional attitudes. The 3AF monitors the alignment of the student's and teacher's expectations of these developments. The process respects the professional freedom of lecturers to be responsible for how they believe their subjects should be taught. Because the process is so efficient, it can be used two or three times during courses to monitor the quality of teaching. This evaluation method also links student assessment to the professional awareness of the teacher, resulting in a single number that is used as an administrative decision point. The 3AF is applied in a five-step process that begins with training provided the lecturer by the institution. Alignment between student ratings and the lecturer's own rating is calculated. It has been found in previous research that the alignment of percentage ratings correlates with academic attainment as measured by examination and coursework and that the alignment of proportions of the three abilities correlates with enjoyment of the course. (Contains 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica