ERIC Number: EJ1033628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Vision in an Age of Accountability
Feingold, Ronald S.
Quest, v65 n4 p385-393 2013
A case is presented against a data collection system that is intended to provide increased accountability of teachers, professors and the profession. The utilization of some current data collection systems may in fact jeopardize the integrity of the profession's mission and goals. The cause of concern is the use of the easiest form of data collection (e.g., fitness, skills, math, and science scores) rather than evidence viewing the student as a complex organism that would require a more appropriate and complex assessment system (i.e., "life skills" activity participation and social skills rather than a fitness test). I also note that a focus on increased accountability and simplified data collection provides the impetus that research in higher education needs to consider a paradigm shift to be more collaborative and holistic. In presenting these issues, I note that the vision of Delphine Hanna was similar, specifically more collaborative, more holistic, and more humanistic in making scholarly and professional decisions.
Descriptors: Accountability, Strategic Planning, Data Collection, Teacher Evaluation, Higher Education, Physical Education Teachers, Case Studies, Influences, Change Agents, Professional Identity, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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