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ERIC Number: ED049186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 17
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Levels of Thinking in Supervisory Conferences.
Barbour, Chandler
This study examined the cognitive behavior of supervising teachers and their student teachers working in a conference situation. A modified version of the Aschner-Gallagher classification system was used to code videotapes of conferences held by 15 elementary school teachers and their student teachers. Some of the 15 teachers had previously taken the inservice course Supervision of Student Teachers, and some had not. Results indicated that supervisors talked more than 55 percent of the time, and that they used the Routine category much more than student teachers. Very little higher level cognitive activity was exhibited by either supervisors or student teachers. It was also noted that the supervisors tended to set the trend in cognitive level and the student followed suit. Even in a hostile conference, the thinking levels of both subjects tended to be very similar. The teachers who had taken the inservice course Supervision of Student Teachers favored somewhat higher thought levels than those who did not, a difference that was significant at the .001 level. Among the implications drawn from these results is the recommendation that some type of training be provided for supervisors to make their supervising behavior more creative. (RT)
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