ERIC Number: EJ1095244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Learning on the Job: Teacher Evaluation Can Foster Real Growth
Ritter, Gary W.; Barnett, Joshua H.
Phi Delta Kappan, v97 n7 p48-52 Apr 2016
Since 2010, there has been much policy activity on teacher evaluation. Many education policy makers have embraced the idea that improved teacher evaluation can cultivate genuine improvements in the teaching force and improved student outcomes. Can genuine evaluation actually enhance the effectiveness of those evaluated? Using structured interviews with educators and policy makers in five states, the authors find that rigorous evaluations can provide a focus for professional development and that the feedback from evaluations can encourage self-reflection and meaningful conversations focused on classroom practice among educators. Moreover, the data suggest that educators are open to such evaluations when certain key conditions are met in schools.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation, On the Job Training, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Structured Interviews, Professional Development, Feedback (Response), Educational Improvement, Student Teachers, Student Teacher Evaluation, Educational Policy, Teachers
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