ERIC Number: EJ911191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Attribution Error and the Quest for Teacher Quality
Kennedy, Mary M.
Educational Researcher, v39 n8 p591-598 Nov 2010
Social psychologists are persuaded that researchers as well as laymen tend to overestimate the influence of personal traits and underestimate the influence of situations on observed behavior. The author of this article suggests that education researchers and policy makers may be overestimating the role of personal qualities in their quest to understand teaching quality. In their effort to understand classroom-to-classroom differences in student learning, they may focus too much on the characteristics of teachers themselves, overlooking situational factors that may have a strong bearing on the quality of the teaching practices we see. The author reviews some of these situational forces.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Teacher Effectiveness, Psychologists, Researchers, Teaching Methods, Teacher Characteristics, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Change, Error Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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