Title

Perceptions of Teachers, Students and Parents of the Characteristics of Good Teachers: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of China and the United States

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2009

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

Since the 1920's many researchers have conducted studies exploring the qualities of good teachers. However, a limited number of empirical studies have been conducted in the People's Republic of China (hereafter called China). The current study has two objectives. The first one aims to compare a good teacher's characteristics in China and the USA. To achieve this, qualitative data of a good teacher's characteristics were collected in China. The results obtained from China were then compared to those reported in the USA. The second objective was to test whether or not there are differences among teachers', students' and parents' perceptions of a good teacher's characteristics in China. To achieve this, questionnaires were administered, and then statistical analyses were conducted. The qualitative data analyses have revealed four themes about the characteristics of good Chinese teachers: Teacher ethics, professional skills, professional development, and students' test scores. The ANOVAs have found no differences among teachers', students' and parents' perceptions of the qualities of good teachers in China on most of the items. This study helps readers better understand good teachers in a Chinese context and provides a framework for future comparative study between China and the USA regarding the qualities of good teachers.

Publication Title

Educational Assessment Evaluation and Accountability

Volume

21

Issue

4

First Page

313

Last Page

328