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Discourses of peer observation in higher education: event or system?

Heron, Marion and Head, Rebecca (2018) Discourses of peer observation in higher education: event or system? Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 56 (4).

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This paper offers a new perspective on exploring peer observation as an event or system, and contributes to the discussion on what happens after the peer observation cycle in terms of opportunities for dissemination. Data were gathered from semi-structured interviews with members of academic staff in a UK higher education institution about their managerial roles in the peer observation scheme. An analysis of the interview transcripts revealed a dominant regulative discourse around peer observation as an event with corresponding instructional discourse focused on the procedures and administration of the scheme. We argue that middle managers are in a unique position to determine how peer observation can be shared in the learning and teaching community. This requires a considerable shift in the prevailing discourse around the purposes and potential of peer observation as part of a wider professional development system and we make suggestions for how this might be promoted.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Date : 15 October 2018
DOI : 10.1080/14703297.2018.1531776
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Taylor & Francis
Uncontrolled Keywords : Peer observation; Regulative discourse; Instructional discourse; Professional development; System
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 30 Aug 2018 11:02
Last Modified : 16 Oct 2020 02:08

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