ERIC Number: ED104493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Opinion of the Spring 1974 Peer Evaluation.
Schneider, Lester S.
In order to appraise the value of teacher peer evaluation as practiced at Los Angeles City College, a questionnaire was sent to 300 counselors, administrators, and tenured faculty. Eighty-four questionnaires were returned. The major finding was that the present system was ineffective in that the teaching characteristics of those evaluated did not change and in that it did not improve the quality of instruction. Teachers and counselors agreed that when teachers evaluate one another, they tend to be lenient and not truly honest. All three groups agreed that teacher evaluation is necessary, but that some other method should be employed. Administrators believed that student evaluation of teachers is much more honest and meaningful than is peer evaluation. Teachers and counselors felt that administrators should also be evaluated. According to the author: (1) the evaluation form now used by the district should be discarded and a new form should be devised which allows a greater variety of choices (not just "Competent" and "Needs to Improve"); (2) district subsidized inservice training for all faculty should be required every three or four years; (3) teacher evaluation should be conducted by students, administrators, outside specialists, and department chairmen, as well as by peers; and (4) the evaluation process should be based on student achievement of learning objectives, and should include means by which to improve teaching quality. (Author/DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.