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In many teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education in the United States, pre-service teachers receive mentoring and constructive feedback during their internship placement from an experienced supervising teacher and a university coordinator. Often the feedback loop is closed by asking interns, ‘was this useful?’ To better answer this question, researchers employed a phenomenological approach to collect interview and focus group data on the lived experiences, perceptions, and understandings of six pre-service special education interns during their internship experience. Emerging themes included satisfaction with level of support provided by supervisory stakeholders, a feeling of isolation from peer support, special consideration of the components within the evaluation tool, and a request to be provided with additional background information for their assigned university coordinators. These lessons were aggregated, presented, and then integrated into the experiences provided to forthcoming pre-service educators.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2020
Evaluating Special Education Teachers’ Classroom Performance: Rater Reliability at the Rubric Item Level
In this study, 19 special education teachers in California and Idaho each contributed three video-recorded classroom lessons. Using rubric items designed to reflect efficacious instructional practices for teaching students with disabilities, school administrators and peers scored the teachers’ lessons. Rater reliability and sources of error variance were examined using generalizability theory. The authors found that peers were more reliable raters than school administrators, who did not have expertise in special education, and the school administrators’ ratings varied at the rubric items level. Implications for classroom observation systems are discussed by the authors.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2019
The Distinction between Inquiry-Based Instruction and Non-Inquiry-Based Instruction in Higher Education: A Case Study of What Happens as Inquiry in 16 Education Courses in Three Universities
This case study aims to empirically distinguish between common dimensions of inquiry-based instruction (IBI) and non-IBI dimensions. Furthermore, the authors were interested to identify the common and unique underlying dimensions of instruction that explain what kind of IBI is being provided within courses taught by instructors who describe themselves as making IBI part of their instruction. The findings reveal that IBI instructors' planning was more thorough and not directly tied to a textbook. IBI instructors scaffolded their courses through activities and evaluation of student learning.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2018
Post-Lesson Observation Conferencing of University Supervisors and Physical Education Teacher Education Students
This study aimed to examine post-lesson observation conferencing discourse between university supervisors and physical education teacher education students. The authors conclude that the university supervisors demonstrated a collaborative style of conferencing that allowed preservice teachers plenty of opportunities to speak. Many factors impacted the time spent conferencing with the most important being time constraints. However, it was found that the supervisors recognized the importance of these constraints and have taken steps to allow for adequate time.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2018
Describing Profiles of Instructional Practice: A New Approach to Analyzing Classroom Observation Data
In this article, the authors outline the application of latent class analysis (LCA) to classroom observational instruments. This analysis offers diagnostic information about teachers’ instructional strengths and weaknesses, along with estimates of measurement error for individual teachers, while remaining relatively straightforward to implement and interpret.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2017
This study examined the observed relationships between students’ technology use and the technologies and classroom environments that teachers arrange for them. The results warrant three areas of discussion: interpretation of the correlations, the observation process, and the use of the NETS in evaluation. The authors argue that educational planners need to be aware of these pedagogical pressures and relate them to their own priorities, since a technology implemented in response to one need may have unintended consequences. Furthermore, these observations provided several guidelines for observation practice.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2016
This study aimed to add to the growing base of knowledge about teachers’ engagement with assessment data and their motivation for classroom assessment. The findings settled into four main categories: (1) teachers use for learning assessment to improve student achievement, (2) an imbalance of formative assessment – assessment as learning was not used consistently, (3) inconsistent formalization of observation into meaningful assessment data, and (4) the tension between internal and external motivators for student assessment. The author concludes with some recommendations for teacher preparation programs, professional development for teachers and school and district administration.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2015
From Evaluation to Collaborative Reflection: Teacher Candidate Perceptions of a Digital Learner-Centered Classroom Observation Form
The goal of this study was to gather teacher candidates’ perceptions of a form that incorporated self-reflection, collaborative reflection, and quality feedback. The faculty members at a Midwestern U.S. university piloted a new digital classroom observation form to promote a more learner-centered approach to supervision. Results indicated that while teacher candidates felt that the form took more time to complete, most felt it helped promote reflective practices, and supervisor feedback was viewed favorably.
Updated: Feb. 16, 2015
The Test Matters: The Relationship Between Classroom Observation Scores and Teacher Value Added on Multiple Types of Assessment
This study examined how the relationships between one observation protocol, the Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observation (PLATO), and value-added measures shift when different tests are used to assess student achievement. The findings revealed that PLATO was more strongly related to the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-9), the alternative assessment used by MET to assess more ambitious outcomes. Furthermore, the authors found that the SAT-9 is more instructionally sensitive to the PLATO factor of Cognitive and Disciplinary Demand than the state tests used in MET study.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2015
This article presents a qualitative case study, which examined the relationship between conversations during formal collaborative experiences and the actual classroom practice of early childhood teachers in a district, Head Start, and university lab school. Three elements related to the development of communities of practice emerged from this study: (a) parallel processes that promoted the transfer of teacher talk into practices that enriched classroom environments; (b) administratively supported collective control of curriculum by teachers promotes a practice-based focus; and (c) use of protocols actively guides the content and process of teachers’ conversations. This study illustrates the importance of group routines and intentions, collective ownership of curriculum, and their role in the development of productive parallel processes.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2014