Classroom Observation explores the pivotal role of lesson
observation in the training, assessment and development of new and
experienced teachers. Offering practical guidance and detailed
insight on an aspect of training that is a source of anxiety for
many teachers, this thought-provoking book offers a critical
analysis of the place, role and nature of lesson observation in the
lives of education professionals. Illustrated throughout with
practical examples from a range of education settings, it considers
observation as a means of assessing teaching and learning and also
as a way of developing teachers' skills and knowledge. Key topics
include: The purposes and uses of lesson observation The
socio-political and historical context in which lesson observation
has developed Practical guidance on a range of observation models
and methods Teacher autonomy and professional identity Performance
management, professional standards and accountability Peer
observation, self-observation and critical reflection Using video
in lesson observation. Written for all student and practising
teachers as well teacher educators and those engaged in educational
research, Classroom Observation is an essential introduction to how
we observe, why we observe and how it can be best used to improve
teaching and learning.
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