Educator's perceptions of educational accountability

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dc.contributor.advisor Sullivan, Terrence Sean, 1946-
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Kilfoil, William Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:43Z
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier.other LB2806.22 K54 1994
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22248
dc.description 180 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 163-174).
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine how teachers and administrators feel about the possibility of identifying and measuring specific educational outcomes and being held accountable for the measurement. With regard to these concepts, the study was designed to determine if there is any difference in attitudes and perceptions among the various demographic categories of educators. In addition, the relationship of these attitudes to the results of the Nova Scotia Achievement Tests and to each other is examined. While there is a range of opinion (and a significant number of undecided) the study indicates that teachers and administrators generally believe that cognitive educational outcomes can and should be identified and measured and that the "results" of education deserve at least as much attention as the inputs and processes of education. The study also indicates that teachers and administrators (generally) feel that the school communities (the public) have a significant role to play in the educational process and should have access to information about school performance. Attitudes toward components of an accountability relationship were examined to determine their relationship to each other. For example, perceptions of identifiability, measurability, and accountability were found to be more strongly related then perception of community involvement and NSAT awareness. One of the most interesting results was that none of these attitudes appear to be related to the Nova Scotia Achievement Tests results achieved by the subject school.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc LB2806.22
dc.subject.lcsh Educational accountability -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers -- Nova Scotia -- Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Achievement tests -- Nova Scotia
dc.title Educator's perceptions of educational accountability
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Education
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Faculty of Education
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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