International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 9, Part A (2015)
Teacher Effectiveness and its Measurement
Pardeep Singh Dehal
Teaching Effectiveness is an act of faith. The most accepted criterion for measuring good teaching is the amount of student learning that occurs. There are consistently high correlations between student’s ratings of the ‘amount learned’ in the course and their overall ratings of the teacher and the course. Those who learned more gave their teacher’s higher ratings. It can be said that teaching in the absence of learning is just talking. A teacher’s effectiveness is again about student learning. However, all teachers realize that what a student learns is not always within the teacher’s control. The literature on teaching is crammed full of well researched ways that teachers can present content and skills that will enhance the opportunities for students to learn. It is equally filled with suggestions of what not to do in the classroom. However, there is no rule book on which teaching methods match up best to which skills/ content that is being taught. Students often have little expertise in knowing if the method selected by an individual instructor was the best teaching method or just “a method” or simply the method with which the teacher was most comfortable. Teachers also have limited control over many of the most important factors that impact student’s learning, including students attitudes, background knowledge of the course content, study and learning skills, time students will spend on their learning, their emotional readiness to learn, and on and on. Since there is clearly a shared responsibility between the teacher and the student as to what that student learns, and because many students are able to learn in spite of the teacher, while others fail despite all of the best efforts of a skilled practitioner, the definition of “teacher effeteness” appears to be, as Derek Bok put it, “an act of faith” on the part of the students and teachers to do their best.
How to cite this article:
Pardeep Singh Dehal. Teacher Effectiveness and its Measurement. Int J Appl Res 2015;1(9):08-09.