Secondary Student Teachers’ Perceptions of the Teacher Work Sample: A Survey

By Marilyn Jean Taylor and Andrea Bartlett.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper describes quantitative findings from a 40-item Likert-scale survey designed by the authors to explore secondary student teachers’ perceptions of the impact of adding a teacher work sample (TWS) assessment during the student teaching semester. In this action research study focused on improvement of practice, student teachers from one teacher education program in the Pacific region of the United States (N = 68) assessed the teacher work sample assessment required of them. Findings highlight student teachers’ reactions to the pilot implementation process and describe TWS tasks that student teachers valued, learned from, and anticipated using in the future. Student teachers’ largely negative responses to the TWS implementation process suggested the need to rethink and revise procedures. Their mildly positive responses to TWS tasks suggested the value of continuing the TWS assessment as a requirement during the student teaching semester.

Keywords: Teacher Work Sample, Student Teacher Assessment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp.213-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 551.706KB).

Dr. Marilyn Jean Taylor

Assistant Professor, Institute for Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Marilyn Taylor has her doctorate from University of Denver, with emphasis in curriculum and instruction. She has worked in secondary education and teacher education for more than thirty years, with positions in middle and high school as language arts teacher, in central office administration as curriculum director, in higher education as professor, accreditation coordinator, grant principal investigator, and dean of education. Her lifelong passion is to contribute to greater equity in schools and she participated actively in the National Coalition for Equity in Education. She has published and co-published on the topics multicultural teacher education, equity in education, gender issues in schools, multicultural language arts curriculum, and school-university partnerships. New interests include case study research and assessment in teacher education.

Dr. Andrea Bartlett

Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Dr. Andrea Bartlett teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on ways to improve teacher education through critical pedagogy and technology integration.


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