Using innovative observation to improve teaching and learning: a collaboration between students and academic staff in higher education

O'Leary, Matt and Cui, Vanessa and Pressick, Ilana and Reynolds, Stephanie and Roberts, Lee and Turville, Nathalie and White, Nick (2021) Using innovative observation to improve teaching and learning: a collaboration between students and academic staff in higher education. In: Sustaining the Future of Higher Education. Higher Education: Linking Research, Policy and Practice . Brill, pp. 98-116. ISBN 9789004467804

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Abstract

This chapter explores the experiences of university teachers and students who participated in an innovative model of collaborative observation over two academic years. Drawing on qualitative data from several longitudinal case studies involving small groups of staff and students, we critically reflect on the key findings and implications for improving teaching and learning in higher education. The chapter reveals how these students and their teachers used a model of collaborative observation to develop a collective classroom consciousness about learning and its relationship with teaching. As an antidote to neo-liberal, commodified conceptualisations of teaching and learning that have historically dominated the use of observation in education, the participants’ experiences captured here illustrate how our innovative model can provide a stimulating platform from which to co-develop collective classroom consciousness. This classroom consciousness can subsequently be used to inform and transform the learning and professional practice of students and their teachers meaningfully and sustainably.

Item Type: Book Section
Dates:
DateEvent
1 July 2021Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education; teaching and learning; co-constructed observation; collaborative observation; innovation; teacher improvement; collaboration; classroom consciousness
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Higher Education Pedagogies and Practice
Depositing User: Matthew O'leary
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 09:28
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 09:28
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12295

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