ERIC Number: ED472629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Evaluating the Use of Teacher Work Samples To Describe Teacher Candidate Competence and PK-12 Learning.
Hegler, Kay L.
This paper describes the effectiveness of using teacher work sample methodology (TWSM) with special education teacher candidates seeking their first teaching license, noting that TWSM allows assessment of all eight special education outcomes. TWSM links the assessment steps in concrete ways, with teacher candidates accountable for planning assessment while also planning instruction. Candidates learn the TWSM process in the junior year and prepare more complete teacher work samples in their senior year. They are assigned to provide instruction to target students. Candidates have increased autonomy in their senior student teaching year and increased amounts of time with target students. Teacher work samples completed by interns and student teachers enable teacher educators to showcase candidates' competence. In recent years, senior-level candidates have reviewed their teacher work samples with a member of the local public schools immediately prior to a celebratory dinner on campus. The TWSM has been effective in assessing teacher candidate competence at the junior and senior levels in the special education licensure program, enabling candidates to describe their impact on student learning and enabling faculty to summarize the data by type of outcome for K-12 students. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (55th, New Orleans, LA, January 24-27, 2003).