ERIC Number: ED098184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Program To Improve Student Teacher-Supervisor Communications.
Sillers, Bruce D.; Kniep, Willard M.
This is an account of the development and evaluation of a strategy to train student teachers to create communications patterns with university supervisors and supervising teachers which would help them reach their objectives. The instructional plan provided a focus on interpersonal communications skills during five weekly, one-hour seminars, which were part of the pre-fall elementary education student teaching experience at the University of Minnesota, College of Education. The guiding principle was that the instructional intervention should be derived from a statement of desired skills. Five areas were selected for this training program: (a) establishing relationships: (b) listening, i.e., attending, assessing, and clarifying; (c) interpreting and valuing in listening; (d) soliciting feedback; and (e) giving feedback. Specific behaviors and affective responses which would constitute acceptable evidences of skill performance were identified. The statements of evidence reflected the project goal of developing student teachers' skills in communicating with both their university and classroom supervisors and were of two types: (a) behavior descriptions which could be observed and checked by someone outside the dyad and (b) internal responses of the supervisor to the student teacher's communications. (The document describes the development of training strategies and evaluation of the training program. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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