ERIC Number: ED376165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Teachers' Perspectives on Accountability.
Cullen, Carol; Altschuld, James W.
This study was conducted to develop a set of concepts regarding teachers' perspectives on accountability, to present exemplars and discussion of each concept, and to analyze implications of the concept for classroom practice. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 18 experienced elementary and high school teachers. Two pilot interviews provided a means of establishing initial categories for a beginning conceptual framework. The following conclusions were drawn from the results of the research: (1) all teachers are accountable; (2) accountability is a complex, multidimensional concept; (3) one's view of accountability is influenced by the relationships with those to whom the accountability is expressed, e.g., personal, collegial, contractual, and accountability to client; (4) audiences mentioned most often are those with whom the teacher worked in close proximity; (5) teachers are accountable for performance of curricular responsibilities; (6) teachers are accountable for student growth and achievement; (7) students and oneself are two primary audiences to whom teachers are accountable; and (8) the notion of professionalism is embedded in teachers' meanings of accountability. (Contains 33 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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