ERIC Number: ED195031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
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A Phenomenological Study of Supervisors' Perceptions of a Positive Supervisory Experience.
Squires, David Allison
The purpose of this study was to describe the meaning of supervisors' perceptions of a positive supervisory experience. Unlike most research in supervision, which focuses on specific variables related to the outcomes of supervision, this study seeks to describe the constellation of meanings inherent in the experience of positive supervision. A phenomenological methodology, with its emphasis on fidelity to experience and description of fundamental meanings, was deemed appropriate. An extensive review of the literature on supervision in the fields of teacher and counselor education, social work, and psychotherapy is the basis for the study. Field interviews were conducted with two educational administrators, one social worker, and one counselor; all had responsibility for training and evaluating professionals. The interviews were analyzed using a content analysis procedure involving careful reflection in order to reduce the data into its essential components. These components were integrated into a description of the fundamental structure of supervisors' experiences in positive supervision. It is hoped that this description might suggest appropriate methods for school supervision and also suggest appropriate supervision standards for teacher evaluation, teacher improvement, counseling effectiveness, counselor training, and administrative training, through the description of the supervisor's perceptions of the helping relationship inherent in the teacher-administrator relationship. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administration, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Case Studies, Counselor Training, Elementary Secondary Education, Helping Relationship, Leadership, Literature Reviews, Organizational Theories, School Supervision, Supervision, Supervisory Methods, Supervisory Training, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Supervision
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA.