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Interpreting observations

The Perspectives on Learning course asks you to write a report on observations you made during a school visit. The purpose of the task is for you to show "that you have engaged with and can use the ideas of this course to analyse and interpret classroom data". A common problem students make is to confuse observations (the raw material) with the analysis and interpretations of them (the sense you make of the observations). A general distinction we can make is as follows: observations are presented as facts, but interpretations are attempts to provide explanations or meanings of something observed. They usually require some evidence to support the interpretation.

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