Category Archives: Learning Rounds

On observations: 4 approaches from Harry Wolcott

I’ve been reading Harry Wolcott’s book “Transforming Qualitative Data” (Sage, 1994) and have really enjoyed the chapters on observation. Wolcot takes more of an ethnographic stance on observation than I do, but there is much to ponder in what he … Continue reading

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Hierarchical focusing in interviews

Tomlinson, P. (1989). Having it both ways: hierarchical focusing as research interview method. British Educational Research Journal, 15(2), 155-176.   I am steadily working through methodology issues from my review and have submitted a more extended piece of writing on it for … Continue reading

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My progress review was two weeks ago and I passed. I knew where I would be challenged, and I knew where I was strong. The challenges left me feeling a bit exposed (in methodology and analysis especially) and this is … Continue reading

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Conference season

Been a bit laggy on the updates – it’s busy conference season in academia-land coming up so I’ve been preparing for two forthcoming events: the Stirling School of Education Doctoral Conference and ProPEL. The doctoral conference is an internal one … Continue reading

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Supervision 5

This week I had my 5th supervision meeting; the discussion covered a lot of ground, starting with epistemology and ontology, theoretical frameworks, models of analysis, concepts to be examined in literature, designing methods and planning a pilot study. It’s beginning … Continue reading

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Professor David Hopkins on Learning Rounds at SCSSA

At the SCSSA national conference 2012 Professor David Hopkins explains the work he has done on Instructional Rounds in UK and Australian schools. A useful prelude to any school wishing to carry out a Learning Round: Prof Hopkins identifies a … Continue reading

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Richard Elmore on school reform.

I’ve really enjoyed reading Elmore’s book on school reform: School Reform from the Inside-Out: Policy, Practice and Performance (2008). It is clearly grounded in a US context but it still presents a coherent argument about the (lack of) interplay between … Continue reading

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Things you always really knew: the truth about why courses don’t work, and a bit more about Elmore

Just looking back on the last post here and I had a bit of an “aha” moment. Reading Elmore’s School Reform from the Inside Out (Harvard Education Press, 2008) he elaborates on the idea that was to become the “instructional … Continue reading

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Supervision 2: Slight change of course

The Splits by Ian Sane Attribution License I came to today’s discussion with a degree of trepidation and some concerns about my study, its focus and research questions that have been rumbling around for a while. I’ve been reading literature … Continue reading

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Teacher Education, Teachers’ Work group

I’m just back from doing a talk at Glasgow University to the TETW group about Learning Rounds. I was very flattered to be asked and the interest was considerable, if attendance at these workshops counts as a reliable indicator. The … Continue reading

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