Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
The purpose of this study was to determine if those who influenced Virginia certification regulations incorporated research on teacher performance or pupil achievement to establish or to support their positions. The years 1958 to 1982 were studied with the analysis concentrating on the regulations approved in 1981 and 1982.;Twenty-five individuals who had or may have had influence or were involved in the certification process were interviewed. The interviewees were members of at least one of nine groups. Three of these groups were considered decision-making groups, and six were considered nondecision-making groups.;An influences process model, a communication model, and content analysis were used in analyzing the certification revision process. The hypotheses were tested by the results of interview responses and written information, usually in the form of position papers, provided by the interviewees. (1) The hypothesis that the procedures used by Virginia certification bodies in adopting certification regulations did not incorporate research data on teacher performance or pupil achievement was accepted. (2) The hypothesis that individuals and organizations who influenced or who tried to influence the decision makers in the certification revision process did not rely on or use research data on teacher performance or pupil achievement to support their positions was rejected since at least two groups used research data related to teacher performance or pupil achievement to support their positions.;The teacher certification regulations were not a result of research on teacher performance or pupil achievement. The procedures used by certification bodies in recommending and adopting regulations had no specific provision incorporating research on teacher performance or pupil achievement.
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Lett, Wayne Dixon, "An analysis of the influences affecting the standards for certifying public school teachers in Virginia" (1984). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. Paper 1539618413.