ERIC Number: ED352127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Skills and Confidence of Early Childhood Public School Teachers in Their Use of Observation Techniques.
Arzoumanian, Linda Lee
This practicum report describes an intervention to increase teachers' skill and confidence in the use of classroom observation techniques in a school serving children from kindergarten through second grade. Goals of the intervention were that teachers would: (1) recognize six types of observation; (2) implement two types of observation in their classroom; (3) implement at least one change in their classroom based on the results of their observations; and (4) increase their confidence in making observations. The intervention consisted of five inservice training sessions at which six observation techniques were studied. The techniques were checklists, event samples, anecdotal records, running records, time samples, and informal interviews. During the course of the intervention, teachers practiced the use of checklists, event samples, and anecdotal records. The results of pre- and postintervention questionnaires indicated that teachers recognized each of the six types of classroom observation technique; reported that they would make one or more changes in their classroom as a result of their observations; and reported that they felt prepared for, comfortable with, and confident in their use of checklists, anecdotal records, and event samples. A 33-item reference list is provided. Appendices include copies of the questionnaire and surveys for teachers, lesson plans for the five inservice sessions, and materials for teachers' use during the intervention. (BC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Anecdotal Records; Event Sampling
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.