ERIC Number: ED246106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Interview Study of Teachers' Attitudes toward Teacher Evaluation Practices.
Kauchak, Donald; And Others
Focusing on four methods of teacher evaluation (principal visits, student evaluations, achievement tests, and peer evaluations), attitudes of elementary and secondary school teachers in Florida and Utah were gathered through interviews and questionnaires. Teachers expressed little or no hostility to principal visits, but viewed them as perfunctory and not relevant to improving teaching. Attitudes toward student evaluations were evenly distributed into three positions, with secondary school teachers tending to be more positive than elementary teachers. Teacher interpretation of student input appeared to be a critical factor. Teachers were so overwhelmingly negative on the use of achievement tests for evaluation, the question was discontinued after 15 interviews. Objections focused on the causal link between teacher performance and student outcomes. Although generally positive about peer evaluations, teachers expressed reservations about increasing professional competitiveness, and ability to evaluate individual teaching styles. Teachers' responses reflect a professional naivete and lack of knowledge of teacher evaluation practices. (ES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).