A technique for measuring effective teaching of professional courses
ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
EDRS No: ED451234. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (79th, Irvine, CA, April 29-May 2, 1999).
Presents the results of research into a technique for the measurement of effective teaching that avoids the problems inherent in student evaluations of teacher effectiveness. The method takes as little as 5 minutes to administer and so can be used in-course by the teacher to track his or her teaching effectiveness. It results in a single number that can be used at the end of a course as an administrative decision point measure. The initial research with 3 classes of teacher training students (n=12, n=12, and n=23) was done in an Australian university and is now being replicated in other universities. The measure operationally defines the three basic abilities of the Three Ability Framework (3AF): technical skills, professional competence, and professional attitudes. The 3AF method assesses the degree of alignment between the changes the students expect in these three abilities and the changes toward which the teacher is working. Correlations between the scores of academic attainment, degree of teacher/student alignment, and course satisfaction indicated that when the students and their teacher were working towards the same proportion and amount of these three abilities, the students had higher academic attainment and greater course satisfaction. The four steps of the application of the method are outlined.....