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This article is a critical retrospective account of the decisions made by a team of evaluators contracted to assess a week-long leadership program for high school youth. The program planners all sought to prepare community youth leaders to foster the freedom of religion, but they varied in how they believed this ought to be achieved. The ethical dilemmas discussed in the article focus on the authors' choices of engagement or non-engagement as they strove to understand different stakeholders' perspectives, while also witnessing events that challenged their own perspectives of the program.
Updated: Mar. 01, 2011
“Evaluation Gone Awry”: The Teacher Experience of the Summative Evaluation of a School Reform Initiative
This article examines the summative evaluation of an organized school reform programme in the United States from the teacher perspective. The study provides fine-grained details of how the evaluation of the particular reform effort went “awry” in the view of some teachers who directly participated. The inclusion of two teacher narratives particularly demonstrates how practitioners' intents and desires became overtaken by evaluators' stances and theoretical frames. This research discusses the difficulties relating to non-participant observation, issues associated with not negotiating final evaluation reports, and failure of evaluation studies to enter into human subjects agreements with teachers.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2010
In this article, the authors assert that professional development (PD) projects have an orientation that guides the design and implementation of the entire project; a construct that the authors term “PD Project Orientation”. The aim of this study was to validate the existence of this new construct. Using various data sources from nine PD projects, the authors generated and characterized five PD project orientations. This study has implications for those designing and implementing PD for science teachers, as well as PD evaluators.
Updated: Sep. 19, 2010
Forging a Pedagogy of Teacher Education: The challenges of moving from classroom teacher to teacher educator
This paper reports an investigation of the challenges a former classroom teacher encountered when compelled by experiences as a supervisor of student teachers to forge a distinct pedagogy of teacher education. A qualitative self-study methodology was used to identify and examine the competing tensions that surfaced as the author made the transition from classroom teacher to teacher educator.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2008