The human side of teaching : an inquiry into the limits and possibilities of teacher evaluation

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Karen Frances Gerringer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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H. Svi Shapiro

Abstract: The focus of this study was the human side of teaching, i.e., those traits and characteristics of teaching which are not formally evaluated, but must be present for effective teaching-learning to take place. There were 18 traits and characteristics identified. A qualitative approach to research was used and included three methods of field research to obtain data on teachers and teaching. The methods were: (1) the observer-as-participant; (2) interviews as conversations; and (3) a critical incident technique survey. Based on the findings of this study, there is a human side of teaching. The 18 characteristics and traits were found in all aspects of the study. Teacher evaluation has become more positivist in nature, and the emphasis on the technical causes the human side of teaching to be missed. There must be a reconceptualization of teachers and teaching to incorporate a qualitative approach so that teachers can be understood in their world.

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Language: English
Date: 1987
Education, Humanistic
Teachers $x Rating of
Teachers $x Attitudes

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