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What are the benefits to be derived from the observation of lessons? What approaches might you use and why? What methodological issues might you encounter?

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Wragg (2002:132) argues that, "new teachers' professional development can be informed by regular and discerning observation of lessons". What are the benefits to be derived from the observation of lessons? What approaches might you use and why? What methodological issues might you encounter?

It has been argued over the last two decades that observations are vital to professional educators, as they can help teachers: "understand and act upon all the complexities in the classroom" (Macintyre, 2000). As observations are believed to be valuable; it is important that educators are aware of the different observation approaches and how they can use them.

Observation is a vital skill for all professional educators to master as it can help them to develop as teachers and it can ensure that their students are getting the best possible education in their learning environment. As Linda Hargreaves says: "classroom observation is becoming an essential profession skill in the teacher's repertoire." (Hargreaves, 2002). There are two means of observation: qualitative and quantitative. They are both extremely useful in certain situations of monitoring the lessons, and to ensure that the teacher keeps developing; however it is to be believed that using both methods

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