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Adshead, L, White, P T and Stephenson, A
Introducing peer observation of teaching to GP teachers: a questionnaire study
Medical Teacher, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2006, pp. e68e73

In medical education programmes which rely on clinical teachers spread across diverse sites, the application of peer observation of teaching offers the potential of both supporting teachers and maintaining quality

Good teaching is essential to the success of our students.

Peer observation of teaching sessions is gaining attention in universities around the world.

The objective is to develop excellent learning opportunities for students, by using feedback from colleagues who are themselves involved in similar teaching situations.

Feedback from students is already a routine aspect of academic life. SPOT and SURF are well established and they provide valuable feedback to teachers.

Peer observation of teaching will add an expert level of feedback and may also provide material for teaching portfolios and applications for promotion.

The model for our Faculty is based on a formative process, which involves several colleagues working together to develop methods of good teaching practice.

Peer review has been a feature of the research and publication aspects of university life for many years, so it is consistent that teaching should also be peer reviewed.