ERIC Number: ED258956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Teachers Helping Teachers: A Training Program in Peer Supervision.
Cook, Gillian E.
A description is given of a Peer Supervision Training Program designed in San Antonio, Texas (1983-84) to provide intensive training in clinical supervision to eight elementary teachers from various grade levels (K-5), including one special education teacher. The program's objectives were to: (1) enable participants to develop knowledge and skills in clinical supervision; (2) develop a cadre of teachers able to instruct other educators in clinical supervision; and (3) improve classroom instruction through high quality supervision. The teachers worked with each other and visited each other's classrooms for the purpose of mutual planning, observation of instruction, and analysis of teaching/learning behaviors. The relationship was an ongoing one, based on the cyclical pattern of clinical supervision--supervisor and supervisee periodically changing roles. Each cycle included a pre-observation conference, classroom observation, analysis of data, a post-observation conference, and analysis of the process itself. The program was evaluated by administration of the Stages of Concern About the Innovation model. The strengths and weaknesses of the program are discussed, and the variables which seem to be essential for the success of a program of peer supervision are considered. An outline of the sequential procedures followed in the program is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (65th; Las Vegas, NV, February 18-21, 1985).