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Planning and Implementing a Videodisc-Based Observation Program PROCEEDINGS

, Cleveland State University

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Secondary teachers have long been aware that the integration of a variety of student reading and writing tasks in the instruction on content is essential to student understanding of the material. The realities of the classroom, however, can place constraints upon the best of teacher intentions, and often little or no student reading or writing takes place during extended periods of class time. In planning for a graduate course in reading and writing in the content areas, the Cleveland State University faculty member responsible for the course determined that observations of the amount and kinds of reading and writing actually taking place in real content area classrooms would provide students with insights into existing classroom practice. These insights could then be used by graduate students to develop inservice programs to facilitate change. Initially, the graduate students enrolled in the content area reading and writing course were asked to seek out secondary content classrooms to observe and then asked to complete observation inventory forms in these classrooms during at least one full class period. What seemed to be a simple course assignment was fraught with unforeseen complications. Most of these graduate students are practicing elementary and secondary school teachers. Although the secondary teachers had little trouble finding a class to observe in their buildings, they had difficulty clearing time in their teaching schedules to finish the task. Elementary teachers had trouble finding a suitable class to observe and even more trouble clearing time in their work days to leave their buildings and carry out the assignment.

Citation

Abate, R. (1994). Planning and Implementing a Videodisc-Based Observation Program. In J. Willis, B. Robin & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1994--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 451-453). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 20, 2017 from .