ERIC Number: ED202799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Group Supervision. Teaching Young Children With Special Needs.
Estus, Lorian; And Others
A group supervision component is an integral part of the Wheelock College Graduate Program for teacher interns who work with special needs children. The group meetings evolved in response to four observed developments: (1) Common issues characterized the role of the intern regardless of school placement; (2) Interns had common learning needs; (3) Common developmental trends characterized the changing needs of the interns; and (4) Interns recognized a growing need to meet with their peers. In the course of the monthly meetings, supervisors observed the changing roles of group participants. The growing leadership abilities of group members changed the role of the supervisors from that of leader to facilitator, and finally to model group member, allowing interns to serve as discussion planners and leaders. It was found that, by participating as a member and leader within the group, the interns could prepare for their roles as educational liaisons between schools and families of special children, particularly in terms of learning to lead parent groups. Interns found group support, sharing, and exchanging of ideas and strategies essential to their professional growth. (JD)
Descriptors: Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Individual Development, Informal Leadership, Mainstreaming, Peer Relationship, Preservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Supervisory Methods, Teacher Interns, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Supervision, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA.