Title

Standards-based teacher dispositions as a necessary and measurable construct.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

W. Steve Lang

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Date Issued

2011-05-01

Date Available

2011-10-25

Abstract

Teacher dispositions comprise the affective dimension of teaching; they address teachers’ values and beliefs about the profession and about children. Definitions of teacher dispositions include both competency-based dispositions and morality-based definitions, with both conceptualizations debated. The possibility of measuring teacher dispositions well also has been the subject of debate. The international struggle to define teacher dispositions and measure them validly and reliably frames this study. We assert that dispositions can be measured, that it is important to do so, and that dispositions related to the skills of teaching (competencies) are critically important and should not be omitted from the teacher assessment process. Teachers can have the standards-based skills (competencies) to teach, as measured by teacher educators, without the will (dispositions) to apply those skills for the benefit of children’s learning in the K-12 classroom. The international literature focuses on one standard set -- diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. We summarize the literature and demonstrate that teacher dispositions, including diversity, can be validly and reliably measured, presenting early evidence that dispositions impact K-12 student learning.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 7(2), 34-55. Full text document is available through the link provided.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Time Taylor International

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.