ERIC Number: ED447098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
New Tools for Research on Instruction and Instructional Policy: A Web-Based Teacher Log. A CTP Working Paper.
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg; Camburn, Eric; Correnti, Richard; Phelps, Geoffrey; Wallace, Raven
This paper discusses the initial development and testing of a Web-based instrument for collecting daily data on instruction. This teacher log was developed for use in the Study of Instructional Improvement, a longitudinal study on school improvement in high poverty areas. The researchers wanted to further develop the potential of teacher logs by experimenting with Web-based technology and computer branching. The 1998 teacher log study tested the feasibility of using a Web based instrument to collect data on instruction. Seven elementary teachers used the log to report on 29 mathematics and reading lessons. Researchers observed classroom instruction, completed log reports, and wrote detailed narrative descriptions for 24 lessons. All teachers were able to use the log to report on instruction. Data were successfully entered through a Web interface into a database and subsequently used to conduct provisional analyses of both instruction and instrument reliability and validity. The researchers conclude that a Web-based instrument can be used successfully to capture important information about teaching, some of which has not been available before (lesson duration, student attendance for each lesson, and instructional groupings or formats for each lesson). An appendix offers teacher log pilot help pages. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking, and Management (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, Seattle, WA.