ERIC Number: ED209764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
On Evaluation and the Evaluation of Teachers.
Foley, Walter J.
Executive Review, v1 n5 Apr 1981
Seeking to clarify the purpose of teacher evaluation, the author advances a strategy in which improvement of instruction is the primary goal of evaluation. The paper divides the activities and strategies involved in evaluation into three broad categories: observation, judgment, and assignment of value. It recommends a process in which only those teachers most in need of improvement are identified and evaluated. This evaluation is followed by implementation of specific measures that focus on improving individual behaviors. The author also discusses the role of consensus and agreement over the purpose and nature of the evaluation process, the reliability and validity of the measurement standards employed, and student learning. The author concludes that the primary task in evaluating teachers is to finish with statements that relate to an acceptable theory of instruction rather than to teachers' personal characteristics. (JEH)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Supervision
Institute for School Executives, University of Iowa, 210 Lindquist Center, Iowa City, IA 52242 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Inst. for School Executives.