Park Co-edits Book “Observation of Teaching” with Faculty and Alumni Contributors

Posted on 8/25/2010 2:33:26 PM

Gloria Park, assistant professor in Composition and TESOL, co-edited the book Observation of Teaching: Bridging Theory and Practice through Research on Teaching with Handoyo Widodo, department chair at Politeknik Negeri Jember in Indonesia.

Contributing authors were IUP English professor Dan Tannacito; alumni Farrell, Widodo, Ozbilgin, Shimoda, and Hara; and M.A. TESOL and Composition and TESOL Ph.D. candidates Chamcharatsri, Messekher, Reilly, Harrison, Alhazmi, Grant, Tudor, and Sarver. The book is published by Lincom Studies in Second Language Teaching in Germany.


Grounded in postmodern perspectives on teaching, this much-needed edited volume offers fascinating insights into observation of teaching. As editors, we argue that observation can be a powerful tool for doing research and vibrant teacher professional development. This edition provides the reader with how observation can also be a dialogic inquiry between teachers and students through teaching, teachers, and their colleagues through observing others, and between teachers and themselves through self-inquiry.

Informed by current empirical, theoretical, and practical grounds, the text treats five key issues in observation of teaching, including: (1) conceptual and methodological frameworks for research on teaching, (2) critical self-reflective inquiry as an exploration of teaching, (3) exploration of the pedagogies of others via observation, (4) lessons learned from post-observation discussion as forms of (dis)empowerment, and (5) promoting critical praxis in teacher education programs.

For further information, visit Observation of Teaching: Bridging Theory and Practice through Research on Teaching.