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What is Professional Action

Handbook of Research on Program Development and Assessment Methodologies in K-20 Education
Includes all practical, cognitive, motivational, and social prerequisites necessary and/or available for successful teaching.
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Assessing Teacher Candidates' Professional Competence for Evaluating Teacher Education Programs: The Case of German-Speaking Europe
Urban Fraefel (School of Teacher Education Northwestern Switzerland (PH FHNW), Switzerland), Kerstin Bäuerlein (School of Teacher Education Northwestern Switzerland (PH FHNW), Switzerland), and Antje Barabasch (Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Switzerland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3132-6.ch020
The conception of teacher preparation programs in German-speaking countries usually rests on a largely normative set of professional competencies to be acquired by teacher candidates. The fact that this cluster of competencies is quite complex entails the considerable challenge of finding adequate procedures for the assessment at the end of the training. Valid and reliable information on professional competencies of teacher candidates can only be obtained by analyzing their actual teaching performance in the classroom. This chapter discusses theoretical assumptions of current assessment practices, a variety of methodological approaches, current developments, and implications for teacher education programs. A special focus is on the use of video portfolios as an assessment tool in the final stage of teacher preparation programs. The results of such assessments can provide a solid base for answering the question of whether the training program has managed to achieve its major objective, namely to qualify the candidates to teach successfully.
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