ERIC Number: EJ1132634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Does Stressing Performance Goals Lead to Too Much, Well, Stress?
Dockterman, David; Weber, Chris
Phi Delta Kappan, v98 n6 p31-34 Mar 2017
There is compelling evidence that stressing goals leads to stress and negatively affects the very objectives that educators are trying to achieve. Reaching testing goals matter, but if we are not careful, the goal of educating children for the 21st century becomes subsumed by the narrow measures meant to track progress. Performance measures become the goals. Stress overtakes inspiration. If it is true that what gets measured, gets done, then it is important that we measure the right things. Outputs like standardized test scores and graduation rates matter, but how we achieve outputs matters too. Process really is as important as product.
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Goal Orientation, Expectation, Academic Standards, Educational Environment, Student Attitudes, High Stakes Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Stress Management
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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