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Using Global Observation Protocols to Inform Research on Teaching Effectiveness and School Improvement: Strengths and Emerging Limitations

Citation

Kelly, Sean; Bringe, Robert; Aucejo, Esteban; & Fruehwirth, Jane Cooley (2020). Using Global Observation Protocols to Inform Research on Teaching Effectiveness and School Improvement: Strengths and Emerging Limitations. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 62.

Abstract

An essential feature of many modern teacher observation protocols is their "global" approach to measuring instruction. Global protocols provide a summary evaluation of multiple domains of instruction from observers' overall review of classroom processes. Although these protocols have demonstrated strengths, including their comprehensiveness and advanced state of development, in this analysis we argue that global protocols also have inherent limitations affecting both research use and applied school improvement efforts. Analyzing the Measures of Effective Teaching study data, we interrogate a set of five potential limitations of global protocols. We conclude by discussing fine-grained measures of instruction, including tools that rely on automated methods of observation, as an alternative with the potential to overcome many of the fundamental limitations of global protocols.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.28.5012

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Education Policy Analysis Archives

Author(s)

Kelly, Sean
Bringe, Robert
Aucejo, Esteban
Fruehwirth, Jane Cooley

Year Published

2020

Volume Number

28

Pages

62

Reference ID

12750