Math and Science observation protocols, interview protocols and questionaires are made available for non-commercial use by Horizon Research. The site includes professional development and classroom observation intruments, teacher interviews and teacher questionaires. Each is downloadable as a pdf and may be used in whole or part, with attribution, for any non-commercial use. These instruments were developed for use in a large scale research project about Math and Science professional development, in part through NSF funding under contract numbers RED-9255369 and REC-9912485.
Type of Material:
Questionaires, observation protocols and interview protocols.
These tools could easily be adapted for use at any level state, district, school, classroom, lesson. The instruments break down best practice in pedagogy for the classroom or the professional development session. These could be a guide for developing any kind of instructional evaluation or observation tool in education.
Pdfs requiring only adobe reader or other pdf viewer.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Share a rich set of evaluation and research instruments. Information is also available about the 2005 research that was conducted with these tools and the 10 year initiative that was being evaluated.
Target Student Population:
K-12, College General Ed, Graduate School, Professional
Professional development providers
School district evaluators
Math and science teachers
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Depending on how these are used knowledge of research practices, observation and interview techniques or experience with self evaluation.
The instruments are proven, they were used successfully in a large scale research project funded in part by the NSF.
They cover key concepts in math and science.
They cover best practice in professional development and classroom instruction.
They are comprehensive.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Professional development done using the LSC project can have a very positive impact on teachers' beliefs and attitudes toward their teaching.
These are fantastic tools. The well defined characteristics of effective math and science instruction and active learning in general can be incorporated into instruction, evaluation and self evaluation.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
They are provided for use by the authors for non-commercial use, with attribution.
While the instruments are long (up to 13 pages), they are divided into clear sections, making them easily accessible and usable in part or whole. Each might also serve as a guide in the creation of other instruments. While all instruments may be useful, the first two seem highly adaptable:
Professional Development Observation Protocol
Classroom Observation Protocol
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