“This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 25 number 6,
Authors: Melissa Tuytens and Geert Devos, "Teachers' Perception of the New Teacher Evaluation Policy: A Validity Study of the Policy Characteristics Scale", Pages 924-930, Copyright Elsevier (August 2009)”.
Teachers' perception of the educational policy is vital to understand the success or failure of the policy's implementation.
In this article, the authors describe the development and use of the Policy Characteristics Scale to measure teachers' perception of a new teacher evaluation policy.
An exploratory factor analysis of 347 teachers and a confirmative factor analysis of 263 teachers revealed a three-factor structure of teachers' perception of the new educational policy: policy's practicality, need, and clarifying function.
The research results indicated that teachers confirm the policy's need. They perceive the reform as clear but they have questions about the policy's implementation.
Implications for policy makers and school leaders are discussed.
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