ERIC Number: ED305551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Pragmatic Research Agenda for Investigating Developmental Models of Supervision.
Borders, L. DiAnne
Ten years of research on developmental models of supervision in counseling generally support the premises of the models. Nevertheless, very little is known about the conduct of effective supervision. Future research needs to explore the relationship between supervision, trainee outcomes, and trainee type. Supervision should adopt a pragmatic agenda, more directly investigating the relevance of developmental models to the actual practice of supervision. These studies would have the potential for guiding daily interactions with supervisees. Researchers should implement "moratoriums" on three types of research: (1) model-building; (2) self-reports of satisfaction and self-reports of perception of supervision events; and (3) academic settings. Researchers should directly measure actual supervision events, conduct collaborative studies with field supervisors, and work toward a "technology" of developmental supervision interventions. A pragmatic focus does not imply that theoretical questions are unimportant. However, after 10 years of theoretical discussion and empirical reports, little has been contributed to day-to-day supervision activity. Investigations of what actually happens during supervision and of what works with particular supervisors and supervisees can give relevance to developmental models of supervision and enhance the practice of supervision. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (St. Louis, MO, October 7-10, 1988).