Peer Observation as a Professional Development Tool for Educators
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This study seeks to determine the impact of peer observation on teachers’ patterns of collaboration and innovation. It documents the experience of five teachers at a bilingual primary school in Mexico City who undertook a peer observation pilot project. Key influences include the author’s 4th grade coteacher, researchers on professional development such as Desimone and Borko, and international school teachers and administrators whom the author met at the Principal’s Training Center in Miami, Florida. The study follows a qualitative research paradigm, relying mostly on interview data. However, surveys, lesson observation forms, and social network map data are also used to provide a quantitative perspective on the experience. The study concludes the following: the project had a positive impact on teachers’ rate of innovation in the classroom; it also caused participants to collaborate more frequently.
Leadership, Reflective Practice, Staff Development, Peer Observation
Belden, Jared B., "Peer Observation as a Professional Development Tool for Educators" (2015). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 226.