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ERIC Number: ED375029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Evaluation of Music Educators: Toward Defining an Appropriate Instrument.
Brophy, Tim
This paper questions whether it is appropriate to evaluate music educators exclusively on general competencies, or whether effective music teaching involves certain teaching behaviors, characteristics, and attributes that are so significantly unique that they demand their own set of evaluative criteria. The paper reviews selected relevant research from 1989 to 1993 and discusses pertinent practical issues involved in the evaluation of public school music teachers, and synthesizes eight general areas for further development as potential criteria for music teacher evaluation. Both empirical and nonempirical evidences are studied, and attempts are made to reconcile the discontinuity that exists between evaluative criteria appropriate for all teachers and that which is appropriate for teachers of music. An appropriate evaluation instrument for in-service music teachers should include the following broad areas that would serve as defining attributes: (1) personal characteristics, as evidenced through student teacher, teacher faculty, and teacher administration interactions; (2) musical competence and performance skill, as evidenced when teaching a lesson; (3) effective use of nonverbal strategies, such as modeling and demonstrating; (4) effective use of verbal strategies, such as eliciting performance from students; (5) classroom management, including discipline, group participation, and the creation of a positive learning environment; (6) effective planning for concept learning and aesthetic appreciation across a wide age span; (7) an objective assessment of teaching style based on empirically supported criteria; and (8) relevant and appropriate professional development activities. Contains 10 references. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A