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Why Applying Engineering Design Principles and Methods to Improve Teacher Evaluation Systems May Not Produce Desired or Expected Results: A Response to Kersting’s Engineering Teacher Evaluation Commentary


by Amanda R. Bozack & Amy E. Thompson — August 23, 2014

Recently Nicole Kersting wrote a commentary suggesting that teacher evaluation design could benefit from being modeled after engineering design principles. She indicated that a systematic approach to design, coupled with continuous improvements, could make systems stronger and less political. This response addresses several of her assumptions and argues that an engineering approach to improving teacher evaluation systems may not produce desired or expected results.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 23, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17660, Date Accessed: 9/21/2014 6:04:03 AM

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  • Amanda Bozack
    University of New Haven
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    AMANDA R. BOZACK is an associate professor of education at the University of New Haven. Her research interests include understanding how induction practices impact beginning teachers’ perceptions, experiences, and teaching practice. With Amy Nicole Salvaggio she is the author of Impactful Mentoring within a Statewide, Comprehensive Induction Program, a chapter in L. Searby & S. Brondyk (Eds.) forthcoming Best Practices in Mentoring for K-12 Teacher and Leader Development. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. At the University of New Haven she coordinates foundations courses for the initial certification program and trains university supervisors and cooperating teachers to work with student teachers.
  • Amy Thompson
    University of New Haven
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    AMY THOMPSON is an assistant professor of System and Industrial Engineering and is the program coordinator for the BS System Engineering program at the University of New Haven. She performs research in manufacturing system design, supply chain design, system optimization, system design, system thinking, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability. She is also an inventor and was awarded a patent for an innovative product and package design for Novartis AG (Basel). At the University of New Haven, she teaches courses in system engineering concepts and the engineering design process as well as probability and operations research.
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