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Tool Name
Activity Settings Observation System (ASOS)

Evaluation Type
Classroom Observations

Subject
English Language Learners specific

Grade
All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Summative
Used in Research

URL
ASOS Observation Form: http://crede.berkeley.edu/research/tier/asos.html.  

Developer
This product was developed by Ronald Tharp and others at the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE) at the University of California–Berkeley.

Product Description
The Activity Settings Observation System (ASOS) is an observation system that was developed by CREDE at the University of California–Berkeley. ASOS analyzes the activity settings in a classroom and contains seven categories: joint productive activity, teacher/student dialogue, responsive assistance, contextualization, connected activity setting, modeling, and student choice/initiative. ASOS allows observers to write short descriptions of classroom activities.

General Target Population Information
This protocol was designed to be used in classrooms where the student population includes English language learners.

Stage of Teacher Development

All Stages


Users

ASOS has been used in research conducted by CREDE, including a five-year study in a Native American community.


Research and Resources

Padron, Y., & Waxman, H. (1999). Classroom observations of the five standards of effective teaching in urban classrooms with English language learners. Teaching and Change, 7(1), 79–100.

Rivera, H. H., Tharp, R. G., Youpa, D., Dalton, S. S. , Guardino, G. M., & Lasky, S. (1999). ASOS: Activity Setting Observation System coding and rule book. Santa Cruz, CA: Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence.

Tharp, R. G., Rivera, H., Youpa, D., Dalton, S., Guardino, G. M., & Lasky, S. (1998). ASOS: Activity Setting Observation System (coding rule book). Santa Cruz, CA: Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence.


Cost
Cost for the use of this product has not been established.

Contact Information

CREDE Office
University of California Graduate School of Education
1640 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: 510-643-9024
Fax: 510-643-6239
E-Mail: crede@berkeley.edu

Roland Tharp, Ph.D., Director
E-Mail: tharp@berkeley.edu


Support Available
This protocol has only been used in research studies.