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ERIC Number: ED552998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 246
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-2717-8
Addressing Substandard Teaching in Schools: An Assessment of Principals' Enabling Behavior
Gluck, Arlene
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Researchers estimate that 5-15% of American teachers do not produce the desired student performance. Nevertheless, 99% of U.S. teachers receive satisfactory evaluations annually. Guided by literature on obstacles to effective evaluation, this qualitative case study sought to understand the reasons why principals hesitate to confront substandard teacher performance and fail to recommend those teachers for remediation or dismissal. This study of 26 principals in a single district used thematic coding to analyze data from surveys, interviews, and a focus group to reveal the obstacles that prevent principals from confronting ineffective teachers. Ambiguity about peer assistance and dismissal, lack of self-efficacy in observing and evaluating teachers, reluctance to hold "difficult conversations," and local politics were identified as primary obstacles. Recommendations include: reviewing the current evaluation instrument, visiting peer review programs, providing additional training and follow-up for support, and masking quality teaching a top priority. A workshop project format was selected to meet the principals' desire for increased training while addressing deficiencies revealed in the findings. The workshop provides principals an opportunity to practice observation, feedback, and evaluation skills; enhance their knowledge of peer assistance and dismissal; and conduct "difficult conversations." When principals become accurate evaluators and address ineffective teaching, teaching performance will improve and student learning will increase. The social implications are significant especially in low-income areas, which often have higher percentages of inexperienced, ineffective teachers. If unsatisfactory teaching is remediated, fewer students will drop out, and more students will graduate, and equity is increased for students , especially those in disadvantaged populations. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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