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ERIC Number: EJ833565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Teacher Voices: The Impact of High-Stakes Testing on Teacher Caring
Wellman, Nelda
Teacher Education and Practice, v20 n2 p204-216 Spr 2007
This study examined the impact of the high-stakes testing on caring practices from the perspectives of teachers in Grades 3 and 5. These teachers, located in an East Texas school district with high percentages of low socioeconomic students, were identified as caring practitioners by their respective principals. Through the qualitative method of narrative nonfiction, the stories of eight teachers were collected and analyzed to determine the relationship between high-stakes testing and the ethic of care in teachers' practices. The stories were coded for common themes of teachers' perceptions within the context of accountability. The five themes that evolved across the narratives were as follows: heightened need for caring relationships with children, amplified concern for children, increased pressure for improving scores, intensified emotional impact, and reinforced need for supportive administrators. The stories, although unique and different, created a tapestry woven and bound together by the emergent themes, thereby presenting a picture portraying the impact of high-stakes testing on the caring practices of teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas