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ERIC Number: ED318369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Using Personnel Evaluation To Focus on the Development of Teaching Skills: Faculty Ideas and University Policy.
O'Leary, Neil; Fenton, Ray
The role of the personnel evaluation process in improving the performance of teachers as classroom communicators is explored by contrasting the personnel evaluation system of Alaska Pacific University (APU) with that of the Anchorage School District (Alaska). While the APU system offers little specification for formative evaluation activities, the Anchorage system provides a clearly specified cycle of instructional activities where supervisors and teachers discuss jointly developed goals, classroom activities, and performance relative to goals. APU and Anchorage teachers were surveyed concerning their reactions to the evaluation systems. It is concluded that: (1) a system for evaluation and goal-setting, involving regular contacts between supervisors and teachers, should be considered at APU; (2) peer evaluation and classroom visits focused on instructional improvement should be mandated; and (3) the evaluation process should focus on the achievement of personal goals and the improvement of instruction as well as documentation of research and service activities. A selected bibliography on the assessment of teaching and teachers cites 70 publications. Appendices contain sample teaching evaluation forms for use by students, peers and supervisors; philosophy and procedural guidelines for the Anchorage Teacher Appraisal System; and a form for faculty assessment of the evaluation process. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A