course code: PD2
international panel: to assess or not to assess? that is the question
Chairs: Ed Bouchard and Terry Fitzgerald
This international panel will be about AT teacher ability assessment. AT teacher competency assessment is a major issue across the worldwide Alexander Technique community.
Carol Boggs, Ed Bouchard, Ann Rodiger and several US teachers began discussing possibilities of AT teacher competency at 2013 AmSAT ACGM in Chicago, titled Qualitative Standards Co-existing with Quantitative Requirements. Further explorations took place in 2014 at special Conferences in New York City and Long Beach, California.
Kathleen Ballard of the STAT Research Group regularly focuses on competency. Terry Fitzgerald wrote an EdD dissertation about the need to explore improving the traditional training model. David Moore heads a training course in Melbourne in which his graduates receive government recognition.
Assessment concerns have arisen independently across the international AT community in the last few years, members of this international panel now are coming together to address urgent questions such as:
- By what means do we decide that a trainee or a teacher is sufficiently skilled?
- Can we systematize a process that reflects what every Training Director already does?
- Can we discover agreement on what we hold as a qualitative standard? Can we design an assessment process?
Come and participate with us in a discussion.