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ERIC Number: EJ1160489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2160-1682
Administrators' Perceptions of Physical Education Teacher Evaluation
Norris, Jason M.; van der Mars, Hans; Kulinna, Pamela; Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey
Physical Educator, v74 n4 p730-756 2017
Purpose: Using a mixed methods approach, this study aimed to develop a better understanding of school administrators' perceptions of teacher evaluation systems, specific to physical education (PE). Method: This study used two sources of data collection: (a) a survey sent to administrators (n = 19) in one urban school district and (b) a formal semistructured interview with 10 administrators from the original surveyed group. Results: Statements from the survey indicated that administrators valued PE, but could not control policies concerning amount and quality of PE. Administrators also felt that they were not properly trained in PE teacher evaluation and needed help. Four common themes that emerged from the interview data were (1) I value PE, but I live in reality (administrators value PE, but practice within their reality); (2) good teaching is good teaching; (3) I know my limitations, and I want/need help (relative to teacher evaluation in PE); and (4) where's the training? (administrators felt there were short-comings in their training specific to teacher evaluation). Conclusion: Evidence from this study suggests more training for administrators in PE teacher evaluation is needed, along with a content-specific evaluation instrument.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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