ERIC Number: ED233998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
"Effective" Clinical Supervision Conference Interventions: A Preliminary Investigation of Participants' Conceptual Functioning.
Grimmett, Peter P.
A study found that conceptual functioning level emerged as an important variable in distinguishing between effective and less effective supervisory intervention. Four supervisors, with their respective supervisees, participated in the study. Participants were videotaped and observed, and transcripts of conference dialogues and participant thought processes were analyzed. A comparison of general behavior patterns associated with supervisors who were more abstract or more concrete was made. More abstract supervisors used "feeding" questioning strategies: information-seeking, information-giving, delimiting, and guiding. They also held questions in abeyance (witholding expertise but not support) and stimulated supervisees to conduct analyses for themselves. Only when they were unable to elicit satisfactory appraisal from the supervisee did they give direct feedback. More concrete supervisors tended to ask inappropriate questions, emphasized the giving of critical feedback rather than probing, and seemed to encounter difficulties in communicating corrective feedback. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group for Instructional Supervision Symposium on "Clinical Supervision in Teacher Development" (Montreal, Canada, April 15, 1983).