Classroom teacher effectiveness research: a conceptual critique

Skourdoumbis, Andrew and Gale, Trevor 2013, Classroom teacher effectiveness research: a conceptual critique, British educational research journal, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 892-906.

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Title Classroom teacher effectiveness research: a conceptual critique
Author(s) Skourdoumbis, AndrewORCID iD for Skourdoumbis, Andrew
Gale, TrevorORCID iD for Gale, Trevor
Journal name British educational research journal
Volume number 39
Issue number 5
Start page 892
End page 906
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 0141-1926
Keyword(s) teacher effectiveness
Australian education policy
Summary Teacher effectiveness research now informs the rationale of much Australian education policy aimed at redressing student under-achievement. The approach draws a ‘straight line’ between teacher practice and student outcomes, ‘controlling’ for and ultimately dismissive of other possible influences. The paper calls into question this conception of teaching–learning relations, particularly the extent to which teaching practice can be reasonably quantified and improvements in students’ academic achievement can be solely attributed to and/or sole responsibility placed on the pedagogic strategies employed by teachers. Drawing on the theoretical resources of Foucault and Bourdieu, the paper argues further that teacher effectiveness research is flawed in both means and ends. It concludes that in its ranking of student and teacher performance, such research actually works against the purposes of education; specifically, authentic teaching and learning.
Language eng
Field of Research 160506 Education Policy
160809 Sociology of Education
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, British Educational Research Association
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