Date of Award

2-4-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Patricia Smeaton, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Robert Millward, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Angelo Senese, Ed.D.

Abstract

This study examined teacher and administrator perceptions of Pennsylvania's new teacher evaluation system, based upon the Danielson Framework for Teaching, and its influence on teachers' instructional strategies in an urban school district. The mixed methods study included a teacher questionnaire (n = 94) and individual interviews with teachers and administrators (n = 13). The study was conducted in four buildings within the district representing a variety of perspectives based upon level (elementary and middle school) and years of experience with the new teacher evaluation system (0-3). Results indicated no statistical significance between any of the items on the survey and the demographic variables. There was no evidence to support that the Framework is having an effect on instructional strategies. The research revealed insight on the implementation process and offers recommendations to districts as they move forward with the new teacher evaluation system. Future studies should examine why teachers perceive the Framework to have an impact upon planning but not instructional delivery.

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