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ERIC Number: EJ785528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0883-0355
Addressing the Challenge of Legitimate International Comparisons of Classroom Practice
Clarke, David; Mesiti, Carmel; O'Keefe, Catherine; Xu, Li Hua; Jablonka, Eva; Mok, Ida Ah Chee; Shimizu, Yoshinori
International Journal of Educational Research, v46 n5 p280-293 2007
In this article, we address the choice of suitable instructional units that might serve as the basis for cross-cultural analyses of classroom practice. Our argument draws on analyses undertaken as part of the Learner's Perspective Study (LPS). The database comprised a three-camera video record of sequences of 10 consecutive lessons in each classroom, supplemented by post-lesson video-stimulated interviews with teachers and students: a total of over 180 videotaped lessons, over 50 teacher interviews and almost 400 student interviews. The results of these analyses challenge the suitability of the lesson as the unit of comparative analysis. In particular, the location of the lesson in the topic sequence is seen to be a key influence on the lesson's structure, critically affecting the teacher's deployment of the constituent activities that we have called "lesson events." The lesson event is proposed as an alternative unit of international comparative analysis of classroom practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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