Search results for: Accountability
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This article reviews the efforts of the teacher education program at the University of Colorado Denver to examine the extent to which culturally responsive practices were evident in their program and to provide professional development supports to faculty as they undertook course revision work. External evaluation of the program highlighted: a near absence of community-based learning experiences for teacher candidates, a glaring concern regarding their limited conceptualization of social justice and diversity, and a need for enhanced efforts at recruitment of diverse teacher candidates. The authors describe how professional development was designed and implemented and ensuing programmatic changes. The authors conclude with recommendations for such programmatic changes.
Updated: Dec. 18, 2013
In this article, the author presents reflections and guidance concerning assessment literacy in teacher education. The author argues that assessment literacy consists of an individual’s understandings of the fundamental assessment concepts and procedures deemed likely to influence educational decisions. The author claims that accountability assessments have become the determiners of educator quality. Furthermore, the author argues that prospective teachers should understand educational assessment because of the potential of such testing to serve as a catalyst for improved instruction.
Updated: Aug. 25, 2013
The Penetration of Technocratic Logic into the Educational Field: Rationalizing Schooling from the Progressives to the Present
This article compares three major movements demanding accountability in American education across: The efficiency reforms of the Progressive Era; The movement toward accountability in the late 1960s and early 1970s; and The modern standards and accountability movement, culminating in No Child Left Behind. This paper considers the three movements as cases of school “rationalization” in the Weberian sense in that each sought to reduce variation and discretion across schools in favor of increasingly formal systems of standardized top-down control.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2013
Professionalism and the Post-Performative Teacher: New Teachers Reflect on Autonomy and Accountability in the English School System
This study explores the developing professional identity of a new generation of teachers, largely educated during the growth era of ‘performative schooling’ of the 1990s.The article draws specifically on the English experience of reforms in the management of schools and teacher education. The author concludes that these teachers are aware of the potential conflicts between the demands of accountability and the desire for autonomy, but are generally comfortable with the balance they feel able to strike between these.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2013
This article investigates teacher educators’ perspectives on the purposes, benefits and drawbacks of adopting a subject-specific standards-based approach in Physical Education Teacher Education in Ireland. Thirteen physical education teacher educators participated in the study. The teacher educators were supportive of adopting a standards-based approach grounded in a democratic ideology to increase accountability, enhance professionalism and improve the status of physical education in higher education and school contexts.
Updated: Apr. 03, 2013
This article examines the intensification and complexity associated with modern accountability systems in education. The article then focuses on the politics of accountability embedded within efforts of Pennsylvania Department of Education to redesign the accreditation process for teacher education programs in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania case illustrates some of the ways in which proponents of accountability-based reform have framed the issues and used formal authority to move their agenda forward. However, these policy makers disregard a variety of well-known negative consequences faced by Pennsylvania's public schools, as well as the nature of the proposed solutions. This case study points toward the need for greater openness and cooperation in the policy process.
Updated: Mar. 17, 2013
The Effects of Student Demographics and School Resources on California School Performance Gain: A Fixed Effects Panel Model
The primary objective of this study is to investigate how APIs change with student demographics and school resources within individual schools. While California places great responsibility on individual schools for student growth, little policy consideration is given to the likely effects of demographic and resource changes on school performance within the school. Moreover, this study’s confirmation of the positive impact of teachers’ advanced degree and full teaching credential on performance gains suggests that teacher qualifications may hold the key to improving student achievement.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2013
In this article, The authors identify half a dozen challenges that confront the schooling of children and youth and appeal for teacher educators to lead efforts to address each of these needs. The authors recommend that teacher educators should rethink continually the content of programmes, the way courses are delivered, the suitability of the clinical component and the student teaching experience, and the best ways to assess the impact of the programme.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2013
Emerging Teachers–emerging Identities: Trust and Accountability in the Construction of Newly Qualified Teachers in Norway, Germany, and England
The current article focuses on the construction of teacher identities in terms of trust and accountability. The article provides a comparison of the perspectives of new teachers from Norway, Germany, and England about their relationships to significant ‘others’, and how these influence their lives as teachers. The findings revealed a variation between these three national school systems in the ways that trust and accountability impact teachers' identity.
Updated: Jan. 09, 2013
This paper is an empirically based discussion of the relationship between multiple understandings of democracy and multiple practices of evaluation. The article presents certain results of three ethnographic research projects among school leaders in Norwegian secondary education. Using a critical ethnographic research methodology in order to build agency, the article focuses on dilemmas and paradoxes of evaluation in an era of market-driven accountability.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2012