Type of Resources

Dissertation/Thesis

Date Created

12-11-2020

Abstract

Brown, Helen. Educational Leadership Can Dance: A Deeper Look into the Efficiency Behind Evaluations of Dance Educators. Unpublished Master of Art thesis, University of Northern Colorado, 2020.

The purpose of this study was to provide information on the issue of dance educator evaluation’s level of integrity, potential biases, and efficiency. Further, this study also acts as a review of current evaluation systems within public schools across the United States. The researcher received information about the evaluation systems from eleven dance educators in addition to how nine educational leaders evaluate their dance educators, along with one educational leader’s personal insight into their respective evaluation process. The research instruments utilized were online surveys and interviews. Both the surveys and interview responses were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively, depending on the nature of data provided. Limitations to this study included COVID-19, a low number of participants, and scheduling conflicts with interview participants. The surveys and instruments were created by the researcher in an attempt to be unbiased, but were not tested for validity or reliability. At the conclusion of this study, the data suggested that though dance educators are being evaluated by educational leaders with some understand of the outcomes and standards of a dance classroom, the need for a working relationship between dance educators and educational leaders is important.

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