ERIC Number: EJ972559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Effective Teaching and Student Engagement in the College Classroom: Using the Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) as a Tool for Peer Observation and Self-Reflection
Hunzicker, J.; Lukowiak, T.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v23 n1 p99-132 2012
The authors present initial findings from a collaborative self-study exploring student engagement as a measure of teaching effectiveness. Focused on their college classrooms during one semester, the study pilots a peer observation model of the Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) (Valentine, 2005). Data collection included IPI codes, anecdotal notes, written reflections, and student course evaluations. Findings of the study revealed that, when supported by brisk pacing and instructional variety, a balance of higher-order student-centered activities and non-higher-order teacher-led activities effectively engaged students in learning. However, student and teacher perceptions about the effectiveness of the non-higher-order teacher-led activities sometimes differed. The authors conclude that the peer observation model of IPI data collection is a useful tool for better understanding one's teaching effectiveness in terms of student engagement.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teacher Effectiveness, College Instruction, Measures (Individuals), Teaching Methods, Observation, Peer Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, Reflective Teaching, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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