Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Carolyn Osborne


The resulting project was “What Difference Does Instruction Make?” I asked students to collect data on their students, record the nature of instruction given, and then collect data following the instruction. They were to analyze the differences between the pre- and post-instruction data. The project was made flexible to accommodate the variety of field placements they could experience, so they could do their project on a single student, on a small group, or on the whole class. The instruction in the project could be on any topic and did not have to be taught by the student him or herself; the instruction could take place across minutes, hours, days, or weeks. The data collected could be systematic quantitative or qualitative (or, ideally, both).