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ERIC Number: EJ834600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Perspectives and Politics of Classroom Observation
Cockburn, John
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v10 n3 p373-388 Oct 2005
The process of classroom observation is experienced by all, teaching in further, adult and higher education. This will either be as part of the organisation's quality assurance procedure, in-service staff completing teaching awards or the training of pre-service student teachers. Given its evaluative nature, it is a practice that generates strong reactions from those who are subject to it, ranging from the very positive to the very negative. However, due to the complexity of the issues involved, these views cannot be located on a simple continuum. This article is based on research that sought to explore the complexities of the observation procedure, and reports on the perceptions and attitudes of participants to the process. A typology of resistances is outlined, the role of observation schedules explored, the value of observation highlighted and styles of receptivity to feedback categorised. An argument is proposed that if observation is assimilated to an action research perspective, rather than a quality assurance procedure, the observer will be recast as a supportive facilitator and the idea of educational practice as ongoing enquiry will be enabled. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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