1 Introduction to self-evaluation
The word ‘self-evaluation’ will be familiar to teachers working in Scotland, as it appears in documents such as How Good is our School? (HMI, 2001) and The Child at the Centre (Scottish Executive, 2000), which encourage the identification of school targets and goals in line with nationally identified priorities. However, in this course, in relation to ‘self-evaluation’ you are being asked to evaluate your personal professional perspectives and experience, away from these external pressures – finding your ‘inner voice’ (Dadds, 1997). This course identifies this approach as central in the process of self-evaluation.
This course also encourages you to reflect on the knowledge gained from your previous learning and experience. It contains practical activities which focus on your professional development so far and the support you have received, and asks you to begin the process of identifying your development needs. The first section of this course asks you to think about your current work situation.