D E F I N I N G O U R T E R M SEfficiency, Effectiveness andEfficacy
Effectiveness The extent to which something achieves pre-specified goals ‘Does it work?’ To understand teacher effectiveness, we need toknow what goals effective teachers should bemeeting Spend a few minutes with those around you trying tocreate a list of ‘appropriate goals forteachers/teaching’
Effectiveness To know whether teachers are effective, we wouldneed to have some means of measuring the extent towhich these goals are met What kind of evidence would be appropriate formeasuring teacher effectiveness in relation to each ofthese goals?
Efficiency Efficiency is a measure of the amount of resourcesrequired in order to meet the goals Something that can achieve the same goals usingfewer resources is more efficient If we have already specified the goals ofteachers/teaching, we can think about whatresources are used to meet those goals Spend a few moments with those around youspecifying the resources that go into classroomteaching
Enhancing Efficiency Move to a new group – ideally with someone youhaven’t spoken to before – and spend a few minutesdiscussing ways to enhance the efficiency ofclassroom teaching How could you achieve the same goals – not inferiorgoals – with fewer resources?
Efficacy Term has many meanings in different fields In education it relates to a teacher or student’sconfidence in his/her own ability to be effective Sometimes described as ‘self-efficacy’, anddistinguished from other people’s views about aperson’s ability to be effective We will use a device-based polling system to allowyou to share anonymous information about your self-efficacy