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Peer observation of teaching in university departments: A framework for implementation

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Academics in an engineering school at an Australian university participated in peer observation of a teaching program using a partnership approach. The present case study explains and discusses program aims, design, process and outcomes. The success of the program was dependent on four critical elements: educational leadership; a staged, voluntary, opt-in/out-out process involving a hands-on preparatory workshop and trial observation; partnering early-career and experienced academic staff; and an 'external to faculty' coordinator. The importance of these four elements, the stages of the program and the impact on the development of collegiality within the school and aspects of the teaching role are discussed. This case offers further insights into the complexities of peer observation of teaching and a tested framework for introducing peer observation of teaching programs within schools and departments. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Bell, M. E. & Cooper, P. (2013). Peer observation of teaching in university departments: A framework for implementation. International Journal for Academic Development, 18 (1), 60-73.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84874174680

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/395

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 60

End Page


  • 73

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Academics in an engineering school at an Australian university participated in peer observation of a teaching program using a partnership approach. The present case study explains and discusses program aims, design, process and outcomes. The success of the program was dependent on four critical elements: educational leadership; a staged, voluntary, opt-in/out-out process involving a hands-on preparatory workshop and trial observation; partnering early-career and experienced academic staff; and an 'external to faculty' coordinator. The importance of these four elements, the stages of the program and the impact on the development of collegiality within the school and aspects of the teaching role are discussed. This case offers further insights into the complexities of peer observation of teaching and a tested framework for introducing peer observation of teaching programs within schools and departments. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Bell, M. E. & Cooper, P. (2013). Peer observation of teaching in university departments: A framework for implementation. International Journal for Academic Development, 18 (1), 60-73.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84874174680

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/395

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 60

End Page


  • 73

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom