Teacher Quality in Education Production

I. Pelayo, D. J. Brewer

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The education production literature posits that student achievement is a function of individual, family, peer, and school traits. Of the latter, teachers have been found to be by far the most important factor. However, measureable teacher characteristics, such as years of experience, certification, and advanced degrees held, appear to be of limited importance, leaving the puzzling problem of how to measure teacher quality for policy purposes. The distribution of teachers across students has emerged as a significant issue. This article provides an overview of recent education production literature related to teacher quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education, Third Edition
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080448947
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Education production function
  • Teacher characteristics
  • Teacher quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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