The Evaluation of teaching effectiveness and teacher education: a contribution to an IIEP seminar

English, French
Swedish International Development Authority
IIEP Seminar Paper, 5
14 p.

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This document first discusses the objectives of projects in the area of teaching. These objectives fall into four main categories: (1) increasing teacher effectiveness in general and unspecified ways (2) increasing the knowledge and skills of teachers (3) improving instructional practices of teachers and (4) improving the effectiveness of teachers as indicated by the achievement of their pupils. Discussed next are the five components of teacher education programs: (1) the general education of teachers (2) the teacher's education in the knowledge of the subject he is going to teach, (3) the foundations of education--social, psychological, philosophical and historical (4) the theory of curriculum and instruction in the teacher's field and (5) the technical skills of teaching. Finally, the research basis for the evaluation of both teacher education and teacher effectiveness is examined, and distinctions are made between the two. In evaluating teacher education, one seeks to determine whether a kind of teacher education procedure affects the kind of teacher behaviors or characteristics identified as objectives of the teacher education program. In evaluating teacher effectiveness, one studies the relationships between the teacher's behavior andcharacteristics and the resulting student behaviors and characterictics (from ERIC database).