ERIC Number: ED281840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Discovering Supervisors' Thought Patterns through Journals.
Niemeyer, Roger C.; Moon, R. Arden
This study focused on the thoughts, related schema, and decision-making of student teaching supervisors as they go about their work of supervision. Twelve practicing supervisors were asked to write their thoughts on a three-stage data gathering, circle instrument. These concepts were weighted to reflect the significance each concept had in the supervisor's judgment at that particular point in the student teaching experience. Concepts a supervisor considered crucial for the student teacher to move forward through the student teaching experience were identified. Attributes or characteristics of the concepts were also determined. Two additional research techniques, think-talk (supervisors reviewing a vidiotape of their supervising student teachers) and case studies, were applied to a limited number of supervisors. Comparisons among these three categories of data (supervisor's transcripts, circle instrument data, and researcher's notes) were made to explore how well the circle instrument data compared with reports of thought-in-action while supervising particular student teachers. The circle format for journal-keeping appeared to capture the thoughts of supervisors, since relationships and movement from one time frame to another could be graphically illustrated. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).