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Peer observation of teaching: The interaction between peer review and developmental models of practice

Publication type
Yiend, J, Weller, S and Kinchin, I. (2014) Peer observation of teaching: The interaction between peer review and developmental models of practice . Journal of Further and Higher Education, 38 (4). pp. 465-484.

Abstract

Teaching observation is widely promoted as a mechanism for developing teaching practice in higher education. Specifically, formative peer observation is considered by many to be a powerful tool for providing feedback to individual teachers, disseminating disciplinary good practice and fostering a local evaluative enhancement culture. Despite its widespread use, however, there are still reservations about the extent to which participation in formative teaching observation can contribute to the development of lecturers’ critical reflection and the enhancement of practice. In particular, the capacity of colleagues to evaluate and provide critical feedback that can inform a reflective approach to practice has been questioned. This paper presents a single case study of one lecturer’s experience of participating in a single teaching observation cycle, conducted with an educational expert and disciplinary peers acting as both observer and observee. Content analysis of written feedback provided after each teaching observation identified five categories of commentary on teaching practice: description, positive reflection, critical reflection, applying reflection, and misconception. The analysis reveals a change in the proportion of critically reflective and applied feedback comments before and after the lecturer’s experience of participating in developmental teaching observation with an educational expert.
Publication type:
Article
Theme(s) and sub-theme(s):
Curriculum (including learning, teaching and assessment) > Assessment and feedback
Authors:
Yiend, J, Weller, S and Kinchin, I
Publication title:
Journal of Further and Higher Education
Official URL:
Reference number:
HEER000482
Summary deposited on:
7 Aug 2014
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