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Abstract

A Teaching Effectiveness Function was adapted from theory supporting Multiattribute Utility Technology (MAUT). The model was used to aggregate 19 published attributes into teaching effectiveness utility scores. Each attribute was entered into the related mathematical model in combination with a weighting Coefficient derived from a group of stakeholders. These stakeholders, new teachers at the secondary and postsecondary levels, reflected a business and industry point of view about teaching effectiveness. The theoretical intent was to develop from the literature an easily understood mathematical model for indexing teaching effectiveness. The empirical intent was to verify the method by establishing a range 1 of scores representative of effective teaching with 90% confidence, using the same hard data collected from the stakeholder group. Distribution properties for indexing applications of the modeI (based on effectiveness weights defined from the stakehoIder group) to teacher effectiveness problems are presented.

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