How is geography rendered visible as an object of concern in written lesson observation feedback?

Healy, Grace and Walshe, Nicola and Dunphy, Alison (2020) How is geography rendered visible as an object of concern in written lesson observation feedback? Curriculum Journal, 31 (1). pp. 7-26. ISSN 1469-3704

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Whilst the significant role mentors play within ITE has been emphasised in English policy context (DfE, 2016), there appears to be limited consideration of subject-specificity of mentoring practices within the literature. One key mechanism for trainee teacher development is written lesson observation feedback, but there is concern that it is often generic in nature. In response to this, our research explores the ways in which geography teacher educators’ curricular theorising is rendered visible through written lesson observation feedback. This paper reports on the interplay between teacher, student and content apparent within lesson observation feedback and the ways that geography teachers incorporate a focus upon subject within their mentoring practices. The project, an interpretive case study, collected data through a lesson observation activity and whole group discussion. Results suggest that the interplay between teacher, student and content within written lesson observation feedback often draws on subject-specific pedagogical approaches and stimulates mentor/trainee dialogue that has the potential to provoke wider curricular thinking around the ‘what and why’ of teaching. However, further research is needed to gain a contextualised understanding of mentoring practices, including exploration of the role of mentors’ own subject expertise, given the significance of this in guiding their professional practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Initial teacher education, Geography teacher education, Mentoring, Subject-specificity, Curricular theorising, Lesson observation feedback
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 08:46
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53

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