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The role of ego threat in professional growth: Fulfilling the ethical intentions of the SEED Model

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Schools and education in general have made an implicit and, we would assert, explicit promise to society to educate all the children in their care. Unfortunately, there are achievement gaps that illustrate how schools have broken this promise. Teacher evaluation and other accountability measures have been heralded as the answer to this problem. Educator ego threat impedes the implementation of goal-driven teacher evaluation models and, thus, ethical questions arise. To realize the noble goals of educator evaluation, leaders must attend to ethical concerns and to the human aspects of ego threat.
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Keywords: educational leadership; ego threat, goal-setting models; teacher evaluation; teacher performance

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2020

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