ERIC Number: ED399995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Peer Coaching in Classes Conducted via an Experiential, Group-Activity Format.
Santa Rita, Emilio D., Jr.; Donanngelo, Frank P.
Peer coaching is a method for improving instructor effectiveness in which educators work together to implement experiential strategies or achieve individual educational goals through a systematic process of classroom observation and feedback. Peer coaching has two main goals: the improvement of experiential education and the development of an atmosphere of collegiality and experimentation. An effective coaching team consists of two to four educators, not necessarily from the same discipline, who are familiar with group strategies, have access to one another's classrooms for observation, are open to experimentation, and trust and accept one another as peers. The peer coaching process consists of the following three steps: (1) a pre-observation conference, in which the coaching team meets to plan for a classroom observation; (2) classroom observation, in which the coaches observe the instructor's classes, taking notes or creating a videotape; and (3) a post-observation conference, in which the coaching partners meet to discuss the data gathered during the observations, as well as the instructor's perceptions of the group session. Four types of feedback are used in post-observation conferences: praise comments, clarifying comments, eliciting questions, and leading questions. Contains 13 references. Appendixes provide a group work assessment form, a 16-item reading list, and conference worksheets. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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