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ERIC Number: ED192462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 11
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On Models of Supervision in General and on Peer-Clinical Supervision in Particular.
Thompson, John C., III
The purpose of this paper is to show why teacher professionalism dictates a new posture on supervision, to suggest criteria for selecting models of supervision, and to urge further research on one model of supervision that appears promising for preservice and inservice teaching. Teachers have long struggled to be recognized as professional and to achieve autonomy. This desire for professionalism suggests criteria for the selection of teacher supervision models. The model must be based on a sound theory of education, must provide teachers with latitude for decision-making, must be congruous with professional treatment of teachers, must be acceptable to those receiving supervision, must be feasible for inservice and not just preservice teachers, and must be supported by the results of research. There appears to be growing support for clinical supervision although it is lengthy, demanding, and expensive. Collegial supervision has the same problems. A model of supervision that appears realistic is "peer supervision," a model that supplements the existing supervision program by using fellow teachers to observe, provide feedback, and interact with other teachers. This model meets all criteria for a teacher selection model except one; because it is new, it does not yet have the support of research efforts. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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