Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Curriculum and Instruction
The primary purposes of this investigation were to (1) examine the quality of special education teacher evaluation in regard to teacher, evaluator, procedure, feedback and context attributes, (2) to determine whether a difference exists between the perceived quality of evaluation between regular and special education teachers, (3) to determine whether the presence of a director of special education within the district affects the quality rating of special education teacher evaluations, and (4) to determine whether the severity level of the instructional program in which a teacher is evaluated affects the quality rating of special education teacher evaluations;Two hundred forty-six special education teachers from Iowa provided data for this study. During the spring of 1991, these teachers completed the Teacher Evaluation Profile (TEP) developed by Stiggins (1986). Using this instrument, participants rated their most recent evaluation on its quality and the attributes relating to evaluation quality. These data were compared to the data from the Lawler study (1990) in which he surveyed 619 regular education teachers in Iowa;Teacher ratings were used to test four hypotheses. Individual factors within the teacher, evaluator, procedure, feedback and context attributes were significantly related to quality ratings. There was no significant difference in the rating of evaluation quality between special education and regular education teachers. Neither the presence of a director of special education within the district nor the severity level of the instructional program in which they teach affected the perceived quality of evaluation of special education teachers.
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Bonita J. Twedt
Twedt, Bonita J., "An examination of performance evaluation of special education teachers in Iowa " (1991). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 10079.