Making the Most of Novice Teacher Talk

By Myra Suzanne Franco and Martha Hendricks.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Based on a year-long study of 29 novice teachers, the authors argue that listening--really listening--to "teacher talk" can provide principals with continuous, formative feedback about beginning teacher development. The 29 teachers in the study were ranked according to four classroom observation scores using a widely recognized, validated protocol. Teachers were interviewed after each of the four observations. Analyses of a representative sample of the interview data revealed distinct differences between the talk of higher scoring teachers and lower scoring teachers. This article discusses these differences in terms of novice teachers' knowledge of students, knowledge of teaching, and knowledge of subject matter.

Keywords: CLASS Observation Protocol, Novice Teacher, Teacher Talk, Mixed Methods, Interviews, Principal

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.63-73. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 403.211KB).

Dr. Myra Suzanne Franco

Assoicate Professor, College of Education and Human Services, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA

Dr. Franco is a member of the Leadership Studies Department in the College of Education and Human Services at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She teaches in the Teacher Leadership Program and provides research and statistics courses for other programs in the college. She also provides evaluation for numerous grants in Ohio focusing on school improvement and STEM education.

Dr. Martha Hendricks

Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH, USA