Graduation Date

Fall 2018

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Eric Van Duzer

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Kenny Richards

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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The job of the professional educator is becoming ever more complex. Research has shown that effective teacher evaluation processes and collegial relationships between the teacher and the principal both positively impact student achievement. This study investigates how a collaborative teacher evaluation process effects collegiality between the teacher and the site administrator. Four teachers who had experienced both traditional and collaborative reviews in a small rural school district in Northern California were interviewed to assess the impact that a collaborative evaluation had on their professional relationship with their principal.

The results of this research confirmed that teaching evaluations, however they are structured, produce varying levels of anxiety. However, the anxiety was short lived and temporary, with three of the four teachers finding value in the collaborative evaluation process once completed. The results identified technology related obstacles to the collaborative approach that generated frustrations. Two participants reported that they preferred components of the more traditional teaching evaluation.

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