1st Edition

Reclaiming Lesson Observation Supporting excellence in teacher learning

Edited By Matt O'Leary Copyright 2017
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Reclaiming Lesson Observation explores the latest practice, thinking and research in lesson observation, putting teacher learning at its heart. Illustrated throughout with practical examples from a range of education settings, each chapter contains a rich variety of state-of-the-art, evidence-based case studies to demonstrate how new approaches to observation can be applied in practice.

    The book is split into four easily accessible parts:

    • making the transition to ungraded models of lesson observation
    • recent research studies in lesson observation
    • peer observation, coaching and mentoring
    • innovations in observing classroom practice.

    With a carefully chosen team of contributors, from senior leaders and managers to classroom practitioners and education researchers, this book provides an informed perspective on how to maximise the use of observation, and most importantly, implement proven successful schemes to improve the quality of teaching in the classroom.

    Reclaiming Lesson Observation is for all practising educators who want to break free from the constraints of performative lesson observation to redefine and reclaim it as a powerful tool for teacher growth, on which to build sustainable, collaborative communities of teacher learning.

    Part I Making the transition to ungraded models of lesson observation 1. Somewhere over the rainbow: transitioning from performative to informative models of teaching and learning observation Louise Taylor 2. Grades don’t count: building success from the inside out Emily Barrell 3. Introducing and piloting a model of ungraded lesson observation Sally Challis-Manning and Sheila Thorpe Part II Recent research studies in lesson observation 4. Maximising vocational teachers' learning through developmental observation Ann Lahiff 5. The impact of lesson observation on practice, professionalism and teacher identity Lorna Page 6. Examining lesson observation feedback Victoria Wright Part III Peer observation, coaching and mentoring 7. The role of coaching approaches in observing teaching and learning in Further Education Joanne Miles 8. Embedding coaching and mentoring in peer observation Jane Martin 9. Peer observation as a platform for thinking and talking about practice Matt O’Leary and Dean Price Part IV Innovations in observing classroom practice 10. Video Enhanced Observation: developing a flexible and effective tool Jon Haines and Paul Miller 11. Observing what matters Rachael Stevens 12. Using lesson observations to promote teacher self-efficacy Terry Pearson 13. Lesson Study: an opportunity for considering the role of observation in practice development Phil Wood


    Matt O’Leary is Reader in Education at Birmingham City University, UK. He is also the author of Classroom Observation: A guide to the effective observation of teaching and learning.