Method: Observation Protocol
The instrument was based on the LSC Classroom Observation Protocol. It was developed to measure the quality of an observed K-12 science or mathematics classroom lesson by examining the design, implementation, mathematics/science content, and culture of that lesson. The items it contains are based on standards of quality mathematics and science instruction as outlined in the National Science Education Standards and NCTM Standards. The second half of the protocol allows researchers to rate various influences that shaped the selection of lesson content and pedagogy, as inferred from a post-observation interview with the teacher. The observation protocol was used in data collection for the Inside the Classroom study.
Reports containing information about reliability & validity
- A Study of the Predictive Validity of the LSC Classroom Observation Protocol (84 K)
- Validity and Reliability Information for the LSC Classroom Observation Protocol (27 K)
Other related reports
Notes on use: The protocol was intended to reflect the standards for exemplary practice at the time of its development, but not to prescribe particular instructional strategies. The instrument is designed to be used in conjunction with the Inside the Classroom Teacher Interview Protocol.