ERIC Number: EJ782400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
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Through What Perspective Do We Judge the Teaching of Peers?
Courneya, Carol-Ann; Pratt, Daniel D.; Collins, John
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n1 p69-79 Jan 2008
This report outlines a study which examined certain approaches to- and practices of peer observation of teaching. Participants observed and free-form evaluated the effectiveness of two different teaching scenarios. These were evaluated both before and after identifying their own dominant perspective on teaching and attending a workshop which detailed five perspectives on teaching. Analysis of their effectiveness ratings as well as interview transcripts revealed that preconceived notions of what constitutes excellent teaching as well as the tendency to look for themselves (or their practices) in the teaching of others are both strong influences. Nonetheless, an increased awareness of their own teaching perspective and exposure to different perspectives allowed for a less judgmental approach to peer observation.
Descriptors: Observation, Teaching Methods, Peer Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Workshops, Consciousness Raising, Reflective Teaching
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