ERIC Number: ED337441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Teachers as Learners: Accountability and Growth.
Cook, Gillian E.
Accountability is important in today's education. Teachers are expected to maintain high standards of excellence for themselves and their students and to demonstrate professional growth. Though expectations for teachers are usually very similar, expectations of teachers vary enormously. The article highlights certain differences by looking at four imaginary teachers at various points in their careers, considering strengths they bring to the profession and needs they have for continued growth and development. Using a case study approach, the paper examines trends in inservice teacher education and teacher evaluation, noting the effects on teachers. Inservice programs can use teachers' strengths to teach each other. Small, ongoing programs may be more efficient and less expensive than large, one-time meetings. Teacher evaluation deals with accountability and growth, and the relationship between the two is a constant problem. Too often a deficit model forms the basis for inservice and teacher evaluation, with too much focus upon particulars and too little emphasis upon the whole view of teaching and teachers. Accountability should focus on the end result, student learning, and teachers should be able to discover their own ways of engendering learning. Teachers must be held accountable as a profession and as individuals, but new ways to demonstrate that accountability are important. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (Atlanta, GA, November 16-20, 1990).