Classroom observation: what is wrong and how can we fix it?
Classroom observation is a popular and useful method for both research and teacher evaluation. However, its flaws and limitations, both with respect to validity and reliability, have become increasingly apparent. In this keynote presentation I will discuss these issues, and present some solutions. In particular, I will be looking at what we must but often don’t observe, and what we do but shouldn’t.
About the author
Professor Daniël Muijs is Dean of the School of Education and Society at Academica University of Applied Sciences, Visiting professor at the Centre for Excellence in Teaching at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences and visiting professor at the University of Southampton. He previously worked as Head of Research at Ofsted, the English school inspectorate, and professor at a range of universities in England. He is co-editor of the journal School Effectiveness and School Improvement. His research interests are effective teaching and the measurement there off, school collaboration and improvement, curriculum theory and design, and research methods.