ERIC Number: ED479255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-17
Developing a Framework for the Assessment of Teacher Candidate Dispositions.
The joint Education Department of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Minnesota, developed a behaviorally oriented framework for assessing teacher candidate dispositions. They created an instrument to use in a behavioral assessment of all applicants to the teacher education program. This assessment involved an interview with the director of student teaching or the department chair. The interview was designed to provide a formal, yet friendly, introduction to the administrators and personalize the admission process. Dispositions that the group identified as relevant included intrinsic motivation and passion for learning as well as being disposed toward: helping relationships with children/youth; commitment to social justice and appreciation of diversity; creativity, problem solving, and divergent thinking; engagement in and promotion of positive social interaction; communicating effectively; being prepared; recognizing, encouraging, and facilitating positive growth in others; reflection and self-improvement; and integrity and collaboration for student advocacy. The interviewer asks questions that invite students to reflect upon and discuss life experiences which dispose them toward practices of effective teaching. This assessment method has been effective in focusing candidates on the dispositions that will help them acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for becoming effective teachers and recognizing the need for dispositional change. (Contains 46 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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