The teacher work sample (TWS) has become increasingly widely adopted as an end-of-program, performance-based assessment for student teachers. Improving Teacher Quality offers a comprehensive introduction to teacher work sample methodology for teacher educators, student teachers, student teacher supervisors, cooperating teachers, program coordinators, and school administrators.
John E. Henning is professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Ohio University. In addition to the teacher work sample, his research interests include classroom discourse, instructional decision making, and semiotics in education. Frank W. Kohler is professor and interim head of the Department of Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa. His research interests include preparing teachers to implement evidence-based practices and fostering teaming and collaboration in schools. Victoria L. Robinson is associate professor and interim department head of educational leadership at the University of Northern Iowa. She was part of the original Renaissance Teacher Work Sample team, has presented teacher work sample research at over fifty conferences, and has worked with universities to implement the teacher work sample. Barry Wilson is associate professor and director of assessment for the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Research interests include program assessment and improvement in teacher education.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 Introduction Part 4 The Rationale for Adoption Chapter 5 An Overview of TWSM Part 6 The TWS Prompt Chapter 7 The TWS Prompt: Planning Processes Chapter 8 The TWS Prompt: Assessment and Reflection Processes Part 9 Building a TWS Culture Chapter 10 Building a TWS Culture Chapter 11 Establishing a Valid and Reliable Scoring Process Part 12 The Role of the TWS in Program Improvement Chapter 13 Teaching to the TWS Chapter 14 Conducting Research with TWS Data Part 15 Future Directions Chapter 16 Revising the TWS Chapter 17 Future Possibilities Part 18 References