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Kindergarten teachers' evaluation: perceptions of the new Israeli multiple domains performance tool

Yael Cohen-Azaria (Department of Education, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 14 January 2022

Issue publication date: 24 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

In 2012, the Israeli Ministry of Education and its Testing and Evaluation Department introduced a new tool to evaluate the quality of kindergarten teachers’ work. This paper aims to identify how kindergarten teachers perceive the new multiple domains performance tool.

Design/methodology/approach

The study applied a qualitative paradigm of data collection and analysis. Data collection consisted of semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted with 36 kindergarten teachers.

Findings

Findings indicated that most kindergarten teachers perceive their work plan and the kindergarten climate as the most important evaluation domains, while perceiving involving parents as the least important and even an unnecessary domain. One-third of them indicated that an innovation domain should be added. Also, the kindergarten teachers perceived the use of the KT-MDPT as both positive and negative.

Originality/value

There is a clear dearth in scholarly literature dealing with the evaluation of the quality of kindergarten teachers’ work. This study is the first to reveal Israeli kindergarten teachers' attitudes regarding this new tool for work quality evaluation.

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Citation

Cohen-Azaria, Y. (2022), "Kindergarten teachers' evaluation: perceptions of the new Israeli multiple domains performance tool", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 184-198. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-04-2021-0059

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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