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Formative observation of teaching: focusing peer assistance on teachersí developmental goals


Drew, S and Phelan, L and Lindsay, K and Carbone, A and Ross, B and Wood, K and Stoney, S and Cottman, C, Formative observation of teaching: focusing peer assistance on teachers' developmental goals, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 42, (6) pp. 914-929. ISSN 0260-2938 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/02602938.2016.1209733


Peer observation of teaching can provide valuable insights into effective educational practices. By adopting a developmental focus, peer observation can also provide insights into how practices might be enhanced and, importantly, how enhancements in practices might be aligned to teachersí development goals. However, a review of peer observation of teaching undertaken at Australian universities demonstrates that observation instruments and protocols typically do not explicitly afford alignment of peersí observations with teachersí developmental goals. Analysis of observersí uses of popular peer observation instruments through the deployment of the Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme through multiple institutions across Australia has informed the development and trial of a novel observation instrument and protocol design that is aligned with observer use characteristics, and provides a focus on development goals. This study will be of interest to teachers and academic developers researching and implementing goaloriented curricular and pedagogical development through peer observation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Peer observation of teaching; goal-oriented observation; observation instruments; Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Drew, S (Dr Steve Drew)
ID Code:111317
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2016-09-07
Last Modified:2017-11-13

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