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Connecting teaching, preparation, and P-12 student learning Western Oregon University Origins, validation, and extensions of teacher work sample methodology. As developed in Oregon, teacher work sampling serves multiple purposes (TEP-I):
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Connecting teaching, preparation, and P-12 student learning Western Oregon UniversityOrigins, validation, and extensions of teacher work sample methodology
As developed in Oregon, teacher work sampling serves multiple purposes (TEP-I):
A model for thinking about standards-based teaching and learning;
A frame of reference for designing standards-based teacher preparation programs that prepare candidates to work effectively in standards-based schools;
A vehicle for practicing and obtaining feedback upon one’s effectiveness as a teacher in a standards-based classroom (FORMATIVE evaluation);
A source of evidence to be used in recommending and granting a license to teach (SUMMATIVE evaluation);
A meaningful and defensible measure of a pre-service teacher’s effectiveness as a facilitator of learning for use in related research.
Longitudinal study of CTL preparation effects - “valence levels”:
Preparation “valence” effects were prominent in year 1 but “wash out”
Within-group variability exceeded between group variability on measures of classroom performance and impact on P-12 learning
Role of mentoring bore out as having an impact on teacher behaviors and effectiveness… but not necessarily the nature of that mentoring
Teacher ability to engage learners in nontrivial learning and in understanding explanation of meaning increased over time
The emotional load on new teachers was enormous making tracing of preparation effects challenging
A web-based environment in which candidates can practice the skills necessary for connecting teaching and learning using the work sample framework
Candidates select grade level, outcomes, instructional strategies, assessment strategies, differentiate for individuals and groups
Simulation provides simulated students as well as achievement data and engagement data
Candidates can modify at any time to maximize achievement and engagement
Pilot testing suggests efficacy for real-world teaching
Oregon Collaborative Research Initiative:
Evolution - exploring how a top-down mandate has been institutionalized and evolved across the last 20 years
Experience - perceptions of faculty and candidates regarding the degree to which the work sample is meaningful, useful, and applicable
Effect - impact on P-12 learning by kind and complexity of outcomes and student variables as well as candidate practices (namely instruction and assessment)
Within and between program planned variation studies
Codifying a pedagogy of TWS
Investigating literacy connections - Western Oregon Univ.
Investigating technology integration - Univ. N. Iowa
Investigating content/context specific TWS
Science work samples at Western Oregon University
Early childhood work samples at George Fox University
Use of TWS in administrator licensure programs - Univ. N. Iowa
Use of TWS with in-service teachers - Michigan State University
Additional information? See http://www.twsm.org