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Defining the Content Domain for the Praxis II Subject Assessment in French: A Job Analysis Focusing on Knowledge and Abilities

Tannenbaum, Richard J.
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ETS Research Report
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Beginning Teachers, French, Job Analysis, Praxis, Teacher Certification, Teacher Qualifications, Test Content


The purpose of this study was to conduct a job analysis focusing on the knowledge and abilities important for beginning French teachers. The results of the job analysis will be used to define the content domain of the Subject Assessment in French for the Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers. A domain of 212 knowledge statements and ability statements was developed by subject-matter experts. These statements were then incorporated into a survey that was administered to a large number of French teachers, teacher educators, and state administrators. These professionals rated the importance of the knowledge statements and ability statements using a 5- point scale. A cut point of a mean of 2.50 was established to differentiate important statements (M Ú 2.50) and unimportant statements (M < 2.50). The results indicated that a total of 19 knowledge statements and ability statements failed to pass the cut point. It is recommended that these 19 statements not be included in the development of the Subject Assessment in French; emphasis, instead, should be put on the 193 statements that did pass the cut point. (60pp.)

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