ERIC Number: ED120259
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The Shape of Teacher Evaluation: A Survey of Practices in the Capital District of New York.
Hickcox, Edward S.; Rooney, Thomas
This discussion reports the results of a survey of teacher evaluation practices in school districts within the 11-county capital district area of New York State. Current practices are contrasted to a more generalized systems model articulated by Mitzel and others. Data was collected by a combination of survey and interview techniques. Traditional evaluation patterns as identified in the survey do not promote the development of teaching effectiveness and do not allow the exercise of administrative skill and judgment in the improvement of the process. The alternative model, as proposed, is a systemization of activities already known in theory and practice, and already tested in the behaviors of teachers and administrators on an ad hoc basis. This survey indicates a need for change in the practice of teacher evaluation. This change will not be easy to achieve because the traditional pattern is heavily ingrained in the thinking and habits of administrators, principals, and teachers. What is needed to effect change in the direction indicated is a commitinent on the part of school systems to engage in long term inservice training for teachers and most particularly for administrators about the need for a systematic evaluation process. The alternative model implies a reformulation of supervisory role. It requires a change in the way administrators think about their own jobs and about their basic relationships with teachers. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: State Univ. of New York, Albany.
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