ERIC Number: ED465737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Altering the Evaluation Process of Interscholastic Coaches Based on Alternative Classroom Teacher Appraisal Methods.
McFarland, Allison J.
Regardless of whose primary responsibility it is to direct the activities of a school's athletic department, if there is trouble, it becomes the responsibility of the school administrator. Many problems emanating from the coaching staff can be avoided or minimized by utilizing current educational philosophies used for classroom teacher appraisal. Like classroom teachers, coaches must set goals, maintain the team, handle conflict, and teach skills. A coach's job, although more visible than that of a classroom teacher, is fundamentally that of a teacher. Based on this premise, application of educational research regarding supervision and evaluation of the classroom teacher makes a natural crossover to the athletic field. In its process, evaluating a coach should be no different than evaluating a classroom teacher. From a practical perspective, the processes used to evaluate a coach may prove to be more crucial than those used with contracted teachers. While administrators may not be familiar with all the intricacies of the sport of wrestling, for example, their knowledge of educational leadership and curriculum supervision can provide a strong foundation upon which to build a relationship with the coaches. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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