A avaliação NA escola: um olhar além da sala de aula
Letícia de Almeida Araújo
DATA DE PUBLICAÇÃO
This research study consisted of analyzing evaluation beyond the classroom, i.e. AT the school. For that purpose, a qualitative research study was conducted at a Federal Districtpublic system elementary school. The general objective aimed at was to understand the evaluation dynamics used by a school that attends to children in the first years of elementary school. The specific objectives consisted of: analyzing the conception of evaluation announced in the Political-Pedagogical Project in view of the one put into practice by the school; identifying and examining the characteristics of the evaluators and those of the evaluees at the school; assessing how the school uses the results obtained from the evaluation; researching on the managers participation in the schools evaluation practices; analyzing the evaluation practices of a 1st grade class; examining how the school uses the results obtained from the external evaluation. The perusal of the following documents was carried out: the political-pedagogical Project; the schools by-laws; the agendas of parents meetings, the pedagogical orientation records and, the individual student reports. In addition, interviews were held with the principals, the pedagogical coordinator, the 1st grade class teacher , the school secretary and the doorman. Also, a questionnaire was answered by those specific childrens parents and a focal group strategy was used with the children. It was perceived that the evaluation dynamics used AT the school led towards a classifying rather than a formative perspective. There was no articulation amongst the several different sectors of the school, so that a contribution to the development of collective reflection on the evaluation practices AT the school, in general, might arise. The presence of informal evaluation was perceived, with discouraging effects both for the students and for their parents. With regard to the utilization of the results obtained from the external and internal evaluations, it was observed that the objectives of public policies were strongly emphasized; learning was not the major goal of the evaluation AT the school. In conclusion, the study shows the challenge of constructing AT the school a Project that will integrate and rethink evaluation as a process that will involve its dynamics, coping with all situations that may allow for changes and progress to occur in the daily school life.