This study reports on the views of coaching expressed by school-based coaches and coaching experts in response to observing the practice of a novice coach featured in a video. Researchers hypothesized that a coach participant's observations about another coach's practice would be a useful tool for examining participants' beliefs about coaching. Researchers compared responses from school-based coaches to the responses of coaching experts and views expressed in leading coaching literature in order to examine the variation in school-based coaches' views. Analysis of responses from both practicing coaches and coaching experts revealed eight themes that describe components of the videotaped coaching cycle: 1) coaching relationships; 2) the use of praise by the coach; 3) discussions of student learning; 4) how coaches respond to teachers' questions; 5) how coaches prompt reflection; 6) how coaches address teacher knowledge and learning; 7) discussions of mathematics content; and, 8) facilitation of the coaching session. The analysis also revealed that these themes correspond to accepted domains of coaching knowledge reported in the coaching literature.
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Yopp, D. A.; Burroughs, E. A.; Barlow, A.; and Sutton, J. T.
"Views of Coaching Practice Expressed by School-Based Coaches,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 15
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol15/iss1/11