ERIC Number: EJ1058874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Rating Teachers Cheaper, Faster, and Better: Not so Fast
Good, Thomas L.; Lavigne, Alyson L.
Journal of Teacher Education, v66 n3 p288-293 May-Jun 2015
Gargani and Strong claim to have developed and validated an observation system that requires only 4 hr of training, but one that can identify effective teachers using just 20 min of one video-taped lesson. They further contend that their six-item inventory requires little judgment from those who use it. They describe their instrument, the Rapid Assessment of Teacher Effectiveness (RATE), as better, faster, and cheaper than other available instruments. Although we find some aspects of their work (e.g., their work describing instrument development) as well done, we find, more generally, that their claims are premature and inflated. Their work suffers from several problems including inattention to relevant historical work, no demonstrated ecological validity, no working theory, and lacks a clear conception of what RATE is. At this stage of development, we rate RATE as having limited, if any, capacity for improving teaching.
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Video Technology, Observation, Measures (Individuals), Program Effectiveness, Accountability, Educational Practices, Validity, Content Validity, Predictive Validity, Theories
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