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ERIC Number: EJ1118716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
On Teacher Quality in Independent Schools
Balossi, Matt; Hernandez, Natalia R.
Peabody Journal of Education, v91 n5 p672-690 2016
Independent schools pride themselves on providing a unique educational experience for students, one that is robust and mission-driven and capitalizes on lower student-to-teacher ratios that allow for more personalized learning and high-quality teachers. Numerous studies measure teacher effectiveness in public schools, yet there is little research on teacher quality in independent schools. This study finds that independent schools use four key characteristics to describe high-quality teachers: (a) "strong relationships with students", (b) "strong pedagogical knowledge and content expertise", (c) a "growth mind-set", and (d) the ability to "fit" well within the school's culture. We also examine school practices and find that some commonly used activities for recruitment and selection are intended to identify the key characteristics of high-quality teachers. Administrators use "demonstration lessons" and "interviews" to assess candidates' abilities to develop strong relationships with students and their pedagogical knowledge and content expertise. However, we find that practices around teacher evaluation are inconsistent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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