ERIC Number: ED364926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
A Communicative Approach to Observation and Feedback. ERIC Digest.
Aiex, Nola Kortner
Classroom observation and evaluation of teachers by supervisors or principals is a delicate process. Most teachers would welcome feedback from their supervisors about improving teaching, but they rarely receive it. Many times the role of the principal is unclear in the observation process. Standardized observation formats sometimes fail to accommodate the skewed patterns of instructional delivery found among a particular group of teachers. Having evaluation personnel develop a school-specific format, based upon existing teaching styles, would be one alternative to using a standardized format. The feedback conference should begin on a positive note. As the supervisor goes through the observation process, the establishment of supervisor-teacher rapport is the most important element. The probability of a successful observation process where mutual communication occurs between teacher and administrator improves dramatically when the criteria for observation are mutually agreed upon, and when the supervisor proceeds with sensitivity and skill. (RS)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Feedback, Interpersonal Communication, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Styles
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th St., Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; ERIC Digests; Observation Techniques