Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde April 2019, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 5 Number: 1, Article 1
MEASURING EFFECTIVE TEACHER OBSERVATION DATA TO SUPPORT HONDURAN RURAL SCHOOLS: INSTRUMENT DESIGN THROUGH GOOGLE DRIVE COLLABORATION
Honduras faces pervasive challenges to access for marginalized populations, school dropout, and differential quality of schooling experiences across the K-12 spectrum (Adelman & Székely, 2017). One area of concern is the disparate school capacity and limited opportunities for professional development for rural school teachers. This study focuses on ten teachers’ experiences with a teaching observation protocol (Hargis, 2014) adapted to understand teachers’ beliefs and experiences with professional development in rural K-12 schools in Honduras. Through outlining the iterative design process, involving extensive online Google Drive collaboration, we provide insight as to how a post-secondary protocol can be re-employed in international research by focusing on culturally relevant language and practices. In addition, pilot data illustrated emerging themes with respect to teachers’ beliefs regarding observation and professional development including a heightened focus on areas of growth over positive feedback, both active and passive approaches to modifying praxis, and a shift in their view on what observation means towards a more positive relationship. Future research will explore how measuring teacher observation data reflects shifts in teachers’ beliefs and praxis over time as they engage with a two-year professional development program.