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Standards Performance Continuum: Development and Validation of a Me*****sure of Effective Pedagogy

The article by Doherty, Epaloose and Tharp is a step-by-step presentation ***** the development ***** validation of a qu*****ntitative tool (termed Standard Performance Continuum or SPC by the authors) that measures teachers' performance in applying *****s for Effective Pedagogy. In the first part of the *****, the authors discuss the five standards for effective teaching, i.e., joint productive activity, language and literacy *****, contextualization, challenging activities, and instructional conversation ***** form ***** theoretical basis ***** the *****. The rest of ***** article is about the development ***** the SPC including an explanation of the dimensions underlying each standard, developing a five-point rubric (in which 5 levels of enactment are defined), and presentation of three studies that test ***** validity of the measure through interrater reliability, concurrent validity, and criterion-related validity. The results ***** the studies show that ***** application of St*****ard Performance Continuum (SPC) provides valid information on performance ***** teachers involved in teaching of disadvantaged students.

***** authors' explanati***** of contextualization and its ***** dimension identified as 'connected learning' in the ***** is something that most readers would readily identify with. It ***** a common observance ***** the human brain retains and recalls a thought, data or text if it can *****sociate that object with something that the person's brain is already familiar *****. Hence this particular ***** f***** ***** teaching is perhaps the most important out o***** the 5 standards for effective ***** ***** form ***** ***** of the SPC. It is also remarkable how ********** teachers forget or ignore th***** very simple rule of effective teaching in a classroom setting.

The five Standards for ***** Pedagogy (or teaching) were ident*****ied by Tharp et al

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