11 SES 06, Quality Assurance
In contrast to other school systems in Europe, German schools traditionally were part-time schools, opened from morning to midday. Since 2002 the German part-time school system has been changed into an all-day system (Holtappels 2014). Nowadays more than half of the German schools provide an all-day program for their students (KMK 2013). Since PISA 2000 the demand for individual support is key in political discourse in Germany (Klieme & Warwas 2011), particularly regarding all-day schools (Aktionsrat Bildung, 2013). Due to a higher amount of learning time, all-day schools are expected to provide enhanced options to foster students’ learning and development. The educational goals are ambitious: all-day schools shall promote students' competencies, reduce heterogeneity between students from diverse backgrounds, establish equal opportunities, support families and enrich the schools’ learning environment (e. g Holtappels 2014). To meet these high demands, schools implement extracurricular activities like complementary subject-specific courses, homework supervision, time and support for individual learning, remedial teaching, projects, courses for special interest groups, or organized leisure time. In order to support children with different learning preconditions in an optimal way it is necessary to interlock curricular and extracurricular learning contentually, conceptually and organizationally. This does not only demand a lot of professional abilities from individual teachers but also requires cooperation among teachers and between teaching and other pedagogical staff (Böttcher, Maykus, Altermann & Liesegang, 2014). In empirical quality models (cf. Creemers & Kyriakides 2008) collaboration plays an important role among variables of process quality on school level. In approaches of organizational theory, cooperation belongs to important characteristics of an organization (Mintzberg 1979). Some studies have verified the contribution of teacher collaboration to teaching quality and the educational success of schools (e. g. Leithwood 2000; Mortimore et al. 1988), not least in the context of inclusive education (e. g. Elvey, 2017; Loughran, 2010; Spedding 2008).
Regarding school practice the systematical incorporation of individual support (Maykus, Böttcher, Liesegang & Altermann, 2011) as well as the culture of cooperation (Tillmann & Rollett, 2010) varies substantially between schools.
The paper presented examines to what extend all-day primary schools differ in their teachers’ professional behavior components, focusing on individual support and cooperation. The connection to students’ development of subject-related competencies is also analyzed.
The following questions are guiding our analyses:
(1) Can teachers at all-day primary schools be grouped into different profiles based on their own statements on various aspects of professional behavior with a focus on individual support? How can these profiles be described?
(2) How are these ‘teacher profiles’ distributed in schools? Does the representation of these types vary between schools?
(3) Are there systematical differences on school level regarding the development of students’ competencies in reading and science, depending on teachers’ professional behavior orientated on individual support?
The research is embedded in the German ‘Study on Development of All-day schools - Primary School Sample (StEG-P)’. In this study teachers of all-day primary schools were surveyed in 2013 and 2014 regarding various aspects of their professional behavior. The design includes longitudinal data based on standardized questionnaires of students and teachers over four measure points and students' development of competencies in reading and science from third to fourth grade. Analyses are based on data of 537 teachers of 66 schools and examine the following components of professional behavior that focus on individual support: reference standard of achievement performance, professional team work focusing on students’ learning as well as analysing, diagnosting and evaluating, student-related and curriculum-based multiprofessional cooperation, school development regarding individual support as well as teachers' role perception. The scales used for these analyses queried the following aspects of professional behavior that focus on individual support: “teachers' role perception“ (4 Items; α: .603), „individual reference standard for performance evaluation” (5 Items; α: .715,), “teamwork with focus on analysis, diagnosis and evaluation” (7 Items; α: .774), “teamwork with focus on students’ learning” (Items 5; α: .894), “teaching-related multiprofessional cooperation” (5 Items; α: .893), “student-related multiprofessional cooperation” (5 Items; α: .892) und “school development with regard to individual support” (6 Items; α: .887). The development of competencies was measured by standardized test scores in reading and science (national test items and booklets of PIRLS/TIMSS 2011) at two points of measurement in third and fourth grade (Lossen, Tillmann, Holtappels, Rollett & Hannemann, 2016; Tillmann, Sauerwein, Hannemann, Decristan, Lossen & Holtappels, 2018). First, the intercorrelations of professional behavior focusing on individual support and students’ competencies are analyzed. Subsequently, the teachers are grouped into profiles by a latent class analyses (LCA) in Mplus 7 (Hagenaars & McCutcheon, 2002; Muthén & Muthén, 2008). Second, the qualitatively different latent groups are classified and marked by characteristic response profiles regarding various indicators of teachers’ professional behavior as described. As a third step we examine the distribution of different teacher profiles at particular schools to identify school level patterns of teachers’ professional behavior that focus on individual support. Finally, we are conducting regressions to analyze whether the orientation of teaching staffs towards individual support has an impact on students’ development of competencies in reading and science.
Four different teacher profiles can be identified based on the LCA data. The main differential characteristic of the found profiles is multiprofessional cooperation (“teaching-related multiprofessional cooperation”/“student-related multiprofessional cooperation”) followed by teamwork (“teamwork with focus on analysis, diagnosis and evaluation”/ “teamwork with focus on students’ learning”). For the other scales the four teacher profiles don’t show that wide disparity. Additional analyses reveal that these four teacher profiles are unequally distributed among schools. During the talk, in-depth analyses will be presented that approach questions regarding the correlation of the teaching staffs’ focus on individual support with the students’ development. Plausible assumptions can be made in two ways: Either students at schools where a large fraction of teachers focuses on students’ individual support show a stronger development of competencies, or teachers at schools with student bodies that show below-average competencies focus especially on supporting students individually. Implications for research and school practice will be discussed.
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