‘Classroom walk-throughs’ as a management approach

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Fri, 8 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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This paper examines the degree to which heads of studies apply observation of classroom teaching as a strategic tool to identify and monitor didactic quality and development. The empirical data falls into three categories. Firstly, two heads of studies have been interviewed (October 2017) in depth in order to gain an understanding of existing possibilities and challenges when heads of studies observe teaching. Secondly, 600 university -teachers have been surveyed (November 2017) in order to get an insight in how teachers perceives 'classroom walk-throughs' as a managerial tool. Furthermore, there is a plan to collect case material on how 'classroom walk-throughs' can take place (spring 2018), and the paper will therefore discuss the possibilities and challenges associated with different forms of walk-throughs. 

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