Developing a professional performance evaluation system for pre-service automobile repair vocational high school teachers in Taiwan

Ming Jenn Wu, Chi Yo Huang*, Yu Sheng Kao, Yeou Feng Lue, Liang Chu Chen

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Educational quality is one of the most important factors for having well-trained human resources that support the productivity, competitiveness, and economic growth of a nation. Teachers have always played dominant roles in ensuring education quality. Thus, teacher education is becoming ever more important. However, scholars have long warned about the ineffectiveness of teacher preparation. Indeed, a significant gap still exists between current pre-service teacher education and ideal training. Thus, a new professional performance evaluation system for pre-service teachers will be very helpful in resolving long-term public dissatisfaction with schools. To resolve this problem, developing a performance evaluation system that contains professional standards, performance evaluation criteria, and a precise performance evaluation mechanism is essential to guarantee the highest teacher quality in Taiwan. The authors designed a two-stage research effort for a professional performance evaluation system for Taiwanese pre-service teachers of automobile repair. In the first stage, the Delphi method is introduced to develop pre-service teachers' professional standards and key evaluation criteria using two iterations of Delphi processes and 14 iterations of focus group meetings based on experts' opinions. In the second stage, a professional performance evaluation and review mechanism for pre-service teachers is developed using focus group meetings to collect opinions from six vocational education experts. The final performance evaluation system will enhance the quality of pre-service teachers in vocational high schools and serve as a useful model for other countries and economies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3537
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 1


  • Pre-service teachers
  • Professional standards
  • Teacher professional performance evaluation system
  • Vocational education
  • Vocational high schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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