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Coaching for geography teachers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachel Lofthouse, Professor David Leat


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Coaching brings the chance to improve subject teaching. It works best when it does cross subject boundaries. Its advantages include enjoyment, unpacking critical incidents and videoing lessons. The process of coaching can unpack accumulated layers of meaning and lead the teacher in unexpected directions. On the use of video, it enables them to see the lesson and their teaching from 'alternative perspectives'. There are also difficulties encountered aside from the enjoyment in coaching. A real commitment is required from the institution to provide time for lesson observations and coaching sessions. For coaching to work well, strenuous efforts have to be made to get rid of power and establish a relationship based on trust. A lack of focus and senior managers can be a problem in making coaching as a fundamental school improvement process. Accordingly, coaching can help create a climate in which all teachers can continue learning through collaboration, reflection, analysis and dialogue.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lofthouse R, Leat D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Teaching Geography

Year: 2006

Volume: 31

Issue: 3

Pages: 130-132

ISSN (print): 0305-8018

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Publisher: Geographical Association