Date of Award

Fall 10-30-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Learning Dissertations


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Dr. Susan Banke

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Sheryl Croft

Second Committee Member

Dr. Arvin Johnson


Evaluative performance feedback is critical to improving educational practice. First-year teachers are learning to develop lesson plans, make their own decisions on how to handle classroom management, promote positive behavior of students, and increase student achievement. Evaluative performance feedback is critical to improve how first-year teachers navigate the early years to make positive and lasting changes in their practices. The problem this investigation sought to explore was to identify how new teachers use evaluative performance feedback to reflect and develop ideas for change and growth in practice. This phenomenography was an inquiry into understanding how first-year teachers experience evaluative performance feedback and use the feedback to reflect and change their practices. The resulting themes centered around focus of feedback, delivery of feedback, and relationships between teacher and evaluator. This investigation adds to the existing body of literature by providing a deeper understanding of effective strategies for evaluative performance feedback. This study explores strategies evaluators can use to provide evaluative performance feedback to first-year teachers to increase the likelihood of a positive change in practice, improve student outcomes, and increase teacher retention.