ERIC Number: EJ996744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Effectiveness of National Board Certified (NBC) Teachers in Terms of Classroom Environment, Attitudes and Achievement among Secondary Science Students
Helding, Karen A.; Fraser, Barry J.
Learning Environments Research, v16 n1 p1-21 Apr 2013
No previous research has employed learning environments criteria in evaluating the effectiveness of the system of teacher certification sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Because the litmus test of any professional development effort is the extent of the changes in teaching behaviours in participating teachers' classrooms, our study drew on the field of learning environments in evaluating the effectiveness of National Board Certified (NBC) teachers in terms of their students' perceptions of their classroom environments. A sample of 443 students in 21 Grade 8 and 10 science classes taught by NBC teachers in South Florida was compared with a matched group of 484 students in 17 classes taught by non-NBC teachers in terms of classroom environment (as assessed by the What Is Happening In this Class?) and students' attitudes and achievement. Statistically significant differences (with small to medium effect sizes ranging from 0.14 to 0.35 standard deviations) were found in favour of NBC teachers for numerous classroom and environment scales (Teacher Support, Involvement, Task Orientation, Investigation and Cooperation) and for student attitudes.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Classroom Environment, Grade 8, Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Grade 10, Science Teachers, Comparative Analysis, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Matched Groups, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 8; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida