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ERIC Number: EJ757725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0920-525X
Challenging Appraisal Orthodoxies: Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development in the United Arab Emirates
Mercer, Justine
Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, v18 n4 p273-287 Dec 2005
This paper presents findings from a 4-year study of faculty appraisal at two higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It finds that neither teachers nor academic managers are opposed to evaluative appraisal, and, contrary to much of the literature, most are happy for evaluative and developmental elements to be combined. It then examines the apparent paradox of continuing professional development in a context where federally-funded HEIs have the money to attract more teachers than they need; the legal right to dismiss any of them for any reason; and a strong belief on the part of managers that these particular students need and deserve only the very best teachers. It concludes that these features of the UAE context present a considerable challenge to the popular notion that people are an institution's most precious resource and need to be developed at every opportunity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates