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How can cross-institutional peer observation of teaching encourage reflection and dialogue about teaching in higher education?

Author Muireann O'Keefe, Martina Crehan, Morag Munro
Abstract Peer observation of teaching is encouraged as a means to enhance teaching in higher education. The process of peer observation of teaching provides the opportunity for observers and observees to mutually enhance teaching practice, opening up dialogue among teaching colleagues through shared practice and solving of problems in teaching contexts (Bell & Mladenovic, 2008; Gosling, 2009; Hammersley-Fletcher & Orsmond, 2004; Shortland, 2004).

Here we describe a collaborative scheme of peer observation of teaching across three higher education institutes in the greater Dublin area implemented between December 2016 and May 2017. An evaluation of the peer observation process was initiated to explore and reflect on how a process of cross-disciplinary and inter-institutional peer observation supported reflection on teaching practice and enhancement of teaching practices.

Keywords Peer observation, teaching enhancement, reflective practice
Published In ICEP Proceedings
Year 2017
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