Academic journal article Childhood Education

What Makes a Teacher Effective?

Academic journal article Childhood Education

What Makes a Teacher Effective?

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WHAT MAKES A TEACHER EFFECTIVE? National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2006.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education advances an agenda that calls for extensive teacher preparation. This brochure explains in great detail why all educators need rigorous training in order to perform their jobs effectively. This publication explains the process of teacher preparation by referencing several examples of classroom-derived research, all of which argues persuasively that additional teacher training mutually benefits educators and students. Well-qualified teachers perform their job more efficiently, have better classroom management skills, and are less likely to leave the profession. In addition, the students of well-qualified teachers consistently perform better on standardized tests and assigned class work.

The study draws a sharp correlation between student achievement and teachers who have undergone specialized training, both in their individual field of study as well as in pedagogical studies. Furthermore, it asserts that command of one's subject matter is not sufficient. The most successful teachers are those who undergo specialized training from the moment they graduate and continue to engage in periodic substantive professional development through the course of their careers. …

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