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Assessing Teacher Dispositions: Five Standards-Based Steps to Valid Measurement Using the DAATS Model


reviewed by Anita C. Levine - August 25, 2008

coverTitle: Assessing Teacher Dispositions: Five Standards-Based Steps to Valid Measurement Using the DAATS Model
Author(s): Judy R. Wilkerson and William Steve Lang
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412953677, Pages: 296, Year: 2007
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For those who are seeking a quantitative-based, step-by-step manual for assessing and measuring teacher dispositions, Assessing Teacher Dispositions (2007) fits the bill. Wilkerson and Lang have taken on the challenge of how one can quantitatively measure teacher affect or dispositions. This is the companion book to their 2006 Assessing Teacher Competency, which focuses on teacher skills. Wilkerson and Lang, who hail from the evaluation and measurement research field, claim that dispositions are measurable, can be directly assessed and behaviors predicted, and have developed a five-step system based on psychometric procedures to assist with this process. This system is called ‘DAATS’, which stands for Disposition Assessments Aligned with Teacher Standards. The teacher standards they use are the 10 Principles developed by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). These Principles or standards and their indicators are statements of preferred knowledge, skills, values and behaviors that are considered desirable in teachers.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 25, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15354, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 1:23:37 AM

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  • Anita Levine
    Kent State University
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    ANITA C. LEVINE is a doctoral candidate and Adjunct Professor in Curriculum & Instruction at Kent State University, Ohio. Her interests include teacher education, cultural foundations of education, international education, and the developing field of 'hope' in education.
 
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