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ERIC Number: EJ1153340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Facilitating Real-Time Observation of, and Peer Discussion and Feedback about, Practice in Writing Classrooms
Parr, Judy M.; Hawe, Eleanor
Professional Development in Education, v43 n5 p709-728 2017
This study investigates conditions designed to optimize learning where professionals utilize the expertise and support of one another. It describes a research--practice collaboration to enhance teacher knowledge and practice through peer observation of, and feedback about, classroom practice in writing. A collaboratively designed observation guide, containing key elements of effective practice in teaching writing, helped focus classroom observations and discussions. The feedback-after-observation discussions, aimed at improving practice, were facilitated through employing principles to help ensure the conversation maximized learning. All teachers at a school (11 pairs) engaged in seven rounds of observation and feedback over one year. Several data sources tracked progress and outcomes including observation ratings and notes; post-feedback discussion questionnaires; and written responses during professional learning meetings. Data show that most feedback discussion contained specific change or enhancement messages and, over time, the degree of specificity increased. There was evidence for the utilization of feedback in the form of changed practice. Perceived usefulness of feedback varied. The process of observing and engaging peers in dialogic feedback was challenging. Teacher responses confirmed the need to build content knowledge about writing and writing pedagogy, together with skills to engage in professional learning conversations to promote and support changed practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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