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ERIC Number: EJ844966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1945-9009
Navigating Murky Waters: The Challenge of Assessing Teacher Candidate Dispositions
Bucalos, Anne B.; Price, Christine G.
AILACTE Journal, v2 p33-43 Fall 2005
Interest in, and debate about, teachers' attitudes, perceptions, and dispositions is not new (Cruickshank & Haefele, 2001). What is new is the inclusion of dispositions in the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, 2003), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS, 1998), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC, 1992). Despite this renewed interest in dispositions and their effects on the learning of P-12 students, there is no consensus among teacher education programs about which dispositions are essential, or how they may be used to select and educate teachers (Maylone, 2002; Taylor & Wasicsko, 2000). This article explores the dispositions debate through one university's attempt to define and assess dispositions and addresses several key questions. Will there be tolerance for diversity in dispositions? Are there professionals genuinely qualified to assess "appropriate" dispositions? Can reliability in dispositions assessment be achieved? (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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