Observational Research in U.S. Classrooms: New Approaches For Understanding Cultural And Linguistic Diversity

Observational Research in U.S. Classrooms: New Approaches For Understanding Cultural And Linguistic Diversity

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Hersh C. Waxman
Cambridge University Press, 1/26/2004
EAN 9780521891424, ISBN10: 0521891426

Paperback, 298 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

The present national reform agendas stress that rigorous content and high expectations be accessible to all students, including students from groups whose achievement has traditionally lagged behind that of the majority culture students. Improving the achievement in US schools, important for both social and economic stability, will require that instruction be responsive to our nation's increasingly diverse student population. This book includes theoretical frameworks as well as substantive research findings and provides examples of recently developed classroom observation instruments based on research of effective teaching practices for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Each chapter represents a new aspect of classroom observation research that will assist educators in their endeavors to improve US schools.

1. Introduction
purposes and perspectives on classroom observation research
2. Using multiple perspectives in observations of diverse classrooms
the sheltered instruction observation protocol (SIOP)
3. The standards performance continuum
a performance-based measure of the standards for effective pedagogy
4. The uses of the classroom observation schedule to improve classroom instruction
5. Development and use of a classroom observation instrument to investigate teaching for meaning in diverse classrooms
6. Patterns of language arts instructional activity and excellence in first and fourth grade culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms
7. Using classroom observation as a research and formative evaluation tool in educational reform
the school observation measure
8. Observing school restructuring in multilingual, multicultural classrooms
balancing ethnographic and evaluative approaches
9. Socio-cultural activity settings in the classroom
a study of a classroom observation system
10. The influence of school reform on classroom instruction in diverse schools
findings from an observational study of Success for All
11. Future directions for classroom observation research.