Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning


reviewed by Lauren M. Shea - September 22, 2009

coverTitle: Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning
Author(s): Elizabeth A. City, Richard F. Elmore, Sarah E. Fiarman, and Lee Teitel
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1934742163, Pages: 230, Year: 2009
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Teaching differs from other professions in the United States in that much of its work takes place behind closed doors, outside the gaze of colleagues. Critical reflection on practice among educators is thus rarely found in K-12 schools. This culture of isolation has drawn growing attention, and research suggests that an emphasis on teacher collaboration is an important characteristic of effective in-service professional development (Garet, Porter, Desimone, Birman & Yoon, 2001). However, much of the discussion about this issue has focused on teachers’ and practitioners’ participation in collaborative reflection. Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning shifts the professional learning community focus to administrators, thereby pushing district leaders to network with colleagues to improve practice and rethink the instructional evaluation process. By amalgamating and enhancing three recent approaches, walkthroughs, networks, and district improvement strategies, the authors promote a new approach, which they called instructional rounds... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 22, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15773, Date Accessed: 8/23/2019 5:25:59 AM

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