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Beyond the Tyranny of TestingRelational Evaluation in Education$
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Kenneth J. Gergen and Scherto R. Gill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190872762

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190872762.001.0001

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Relational Approaches to Evaluating Teaching

Relational Approaches to Evaluating Teaching

(p.111) 6 Relational Approaches to Evaluating Teaching
Beyond the Tyranny of Testing

Kenneth J. Gergen

Scherto R. Gill

Oxford University Press

A central purpose of evaluating teaching is to help teachers develop professionally. In contrast to traditional teachers’ appraisal and teachers’ performance management, relational approaches can overcome the current impasse where student test scores are used to judge teachers. Such practices undermine teachers’ confidence and professionalism and foster alienation from each other and from teaching itself. As a relational alternative, the authors propose a fourfold framework, centering on practices of mutual learning among teachers, inviting students as learning partners, cultivating teacher strengths and talents, and developing teachers’ research into their own practices. The authors show how relationally enriched approaches to evaluating teaching can inject creative energy into the teaching process while simultaneously supporting teachers’ learning. Evaluation can thus be integral to teachers’ professional development.

Keywords:   professional development, peer-mentoring, appreciative inquiry, teacher inquiry, action research, reflective practice

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