ERIC Number: ED206066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Meaning and Structure of a Positive Supervisory Experience from a Supervisor's Perspective.
Squires, David A.
The purpose of this study is to describe a positive supervisory experience from the supervisor's point of view. Four field interviews with supervisors responsible for training and evaluating professionals were subjected to phenomenological content analysis. Unlike the methods of experimental science, phenomenological analysis seeks to determine the meaning of experience for the participant rather than to describe the relationships among the variables in behavior as observed by nonparticipants. Analysis of the interviews revealed their essential themes, which were then integrated into a description of the fundamental structure of the positive supervisory experience. The results indicate that supervision focuses on resolution of those conflicts affecting a supervisee's acquisition of or improvement in a professional role. The supervisor resolves the conflicts by structuring the experience so that congruent perceptions of the supervisee's problems emerge. As the supervisee experiences success, the focus of supervision shifts to examination of more personal conflicts; the supervisee governs the rate of disclosure. The supervisor controls the depth of his or her involvement in this personal exploration. Learning and growth are evident in both the supervisor and the supervisee as conflicts over ending the relationship are resolved. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Phenomenological Analysis; Supervisor Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).