Krechevsky, M., Rivard, M., & Burton, F. R. (2010). Accountability in three realms: Making learning visible inside and outside the classroom. Theory Into Practice, 49, 64-71.
Krechevsky and colleagues describe a school where extensive documentation is used to support teacher accountability. They find that using documentation supports accountability to self, accountability to others in the learning community, and accountability to the larger community. Specifically, documentation leads to more self-reflective teaching practices, as teachers develop a better understanding of their own teaching practices and the impact on students. Furthermore, documentation provides evidence of student learning not visible through standardized test scores. The authors discuss the three types of accountability in detail and conclude that documentation is an effective tool to enhance teaching and learning.
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