A teacher observation instrument for PBL classroom instruction

Linda M Stearns, Jim Morgan, Mary Margaret Capraro, Robert M Capraro

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Teaching is a complex activity that requires making ongoing multiple, decisions and engaging in sporadic, responsive actions while performing pre-planned prescribed tasks. The enactment of the essential aspects of teaching can be assessed by using a well-designed observation instrument. After a sustained professional development on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Project- Based Learning (PBL), an observation instrument was used to assess the enacted STEM PBL activities in secondary mathematics and science classrooms. This article provides the background precipitating the need for an instrument, using an observation instrument to provide feedback to teachers and other stakeholders, and follow-up suggestions for those engaging in STEM professional development, including districts, schools, academies, service centers and university partners
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of STEM Education (Online): innovations and research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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