Book Review

Advancing the Three-Minute Walk-Through

Mastering Reflective Practice

by Carolyn J. Downey, Betty E. Steffy, William K. Poston Jr. and Fenwick W. English, Corwin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2010, 240 pp. with index, $33.95 softcover

This book is a companion to some of its authors’ earlier work on the subject, The Three-Minute Walk-Through: Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time, published in 2004.

Advancing the Three-Minute Walk-Through


The new work takes the reader through the authors’ five-step approach to the walk-through process, but it delves deeper into the follow-up of the walk-through, which is reflective practice and collaboration. Especially helpful are the figures and reflective activities that accompany each chapter and help readers reflect upon their learning and encourage a thoughtful approach to reflective inquiry.

The chapters follow a logical approach, starting with “Building on the Philosophical Framework of the Three-Minute Walk-Through” through “Creating a Culture of Reflection” until the final chapter, “Institutionalizing the Three-Minute Walk-Through and Reflective Inquiry.”

This book is relevant for administrators who want to move their own professional development and that of their faculty from observation and evaluation to analysis and reflective inquiry on teaching and collaborative learning. Advancing the Three-Minute Walk-Through would be relevant, as well, for educational leadership courses at the college level, to supplement courses in curriculum development and supervision.

Reviewed by Elaine Giugliano, superintendent, Wood-Ridge Public School District, Wood-Ridge, N.J.