Search results for: Peer observation
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A reflective teaching practicum as a platform for stimulating pre-service teachers’ professional development
Reflective teaching practice has long been seen as the cornerstone of early professional growth among pre-service teachers. This article reports on pre-service teachers’ reflective practice during a teaching practicum in which pre-service teachers engaged in peer observation, self-reflection, and student teacher-mentor teacher conferencing. Findings show that reflective practice, along with structured professional learning tasks, helps pre-service teachers harness their teacher identity and agency.
Updated: Feb. 20, 2022
This sequential explanatory mixed-methods study examines the impact of analytic rubric use in peer feedback on preservice teachers’ ability to recognize indicators of best practice for second language lesson planning and lesson delivery. 53 preservice teachers in a university-level, semester-long Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) practicum course received direct instruction on indicators presented in the analytic rubrics. They were then randomly assigned to control and experimental groups. The experimental group used rubrics with the indicators during peer feedback tasks, while the control group used a modified rubric without the indicators. The result from an independent samples t-test on posttest mean scores indicated a significant difference between groups for both lesson planning and lesson delivery, favoring the experimental group. Qualitative data were also collected via written comments on the posttests and from focus-group interviews. From thematic analyses of qualitative data, three key themes emerged, including specific tensions that resulted from the type of feedback preservice teachers desired and the type of feedback they were willing to give to their peers. These findings provide further insight into the use of analytic rubrics in peer feedback practices in second language teacher education (SLTE).
Updated: Jan. 29, 2020
This article examines the use of peer-videoing in the classroom as a tool to promote reflective practice among student teachers. 20 pre-service teachers from a variety of subject disciplines participating in a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education program in an Irish university participated in the study. The article discusses the implications of reflective dialogue for the modernization of teacher education. It also offers guidelines on how best to scaffold and promote reflectivity.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2009
A discussion of peer observation followed by sharing learning experience is described in this article. The authors highlight the importance of the cognitive-emotional and personal-professional aspects of teacher educators' lives in supporting their learning through the combination of peer observation and ongoing professional learning conversations.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2008
Engaging in a self-study is a multi-faceted activity that involves not only autobiography and theory, but also students and colleagues. Learning from and with colleagues can take many forms. This article discusses the authors' experience with reciprocal classroom observation in a teacher education context. Peer observation supported our learning about our own teaching by providing suggestions for change and mutual reassurance.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2008
A study exploring approaches and practices of peer evaluation is outlined in this article. Participants evaluated peers, before and after identifying their own perspectives on teaching, and after attending a workshop detailing five perspectives on teaching. Analyses of results reveal that preconceived notions regarding good teaching practices and personal teaching practices tend to influence the assessments of peer teachers.
Updated: Feb. 10, 2008