CAPD Educational Research Seminar 21st May 2015
Thursday, 21 May 2015 from 13:00 to 14:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Telling stories about practice: focusing on narrative in teaching observation
Dr Saranne Weller
Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, University of the Arts London
*Lunch will be provided for those who book, so please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.
About the seminar:
This seminar will report on a qualitative study of post-observation discussion that uses narrative analysis of transcribed lecturer-observer discussions to develop a typology of teaching practice narratives. It will throw light on the benefits of the use of narrative analysis as part of teaching observation.
Participating in critical dialogue during teaching observation is widely regarded as being transformatory for lecturers. Yet despite the perceived importance of discussion for lecturer reflection within teaching observation, we know little about how such developmental conversations operate or if and how they might change practice. In this seminar I will report on a small-scale qualitative study of post-observation discussion that uses narrative analysis of transcribed lecturer-observer discussions to develop a typology of teaching practice narratives. Drawing on examples from teaching observation in a range of disciplines, I will explore the different stories lecturers use to construct and understand their teaching experiences. I will argue that using narrative analysis as part of teaching observation enables us to draw out and critically examine the stories we tell about practice, paying attention to the nature of the stories told, their potential function and how they construct teaching relationships. By the end of the seminar we will have considered the practical implications of this study for getting the most out of teaching observation and how we can enhance the ways we give and receive critical feedback on practice.
About the presenter
Dr Saranne Weller is Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, and Head of the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD) at the University of the Arts London. She was previously Assistant Director (Accredited Programmes) and Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London and has 12 years’ experience supporting the professional development of lecturers in higher education. Saranne’s research interests include the professional development of university teaching with a focus on teaching observation and she has recently published research on student-staff co-inquiry and partnership approaches to the enhancement of learning and teaching. Her first book, Academic Practice: Developing as a Professional in Higher Education, is due to be published by Sage in 2015.
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Centre for Academic and Professional Development, Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group and recognised as one of the world’s top 100 universities. We are one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,840 students and 4,000 staff, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges.
The Centre for Academic and Professional Development provides excellent development opportunities across all areas of the University’s work, to staff and research students at QMUL and to other clients.