ERIC Number: ED313639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-15
Learning To Think Like a Supervisor.
Borders, L. DiAnne
Several writers have suggested that a key to supervisor training is helping counselors assume the role and identity of a supervisor. In particular, they assert that a pivotal skill in this role transition is the cognitive shift from thinking like a counselor to thinking like a supervisor. This article focuses on one aspect of training that seems basic to the success of the variety of supervision training programs. The thoughts and behaviors of supervisors who have and have not made the role transition are contrasted and interventions that facilitate the cognitive shift are described. Included are illustrations drawn from experiences as a supervisor educator in academic and inservice settings. It is suggested that effective supervisors think of their counselors and of themselves as educators who create appropriate learning environments. It is claimed that beginning to think like a supervisor is the first step toward a larger goal of developing a cognitive map or conceptual framework for conducting supervision. The article concludes that the cognitive shift of thinking like a supervisor should be a conscious goal of supervision training; when trainers think like supervisor educators, their trainees will learn to think and behave like effective supervisors. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. School of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (97th, New Orleans, LA, August 11-15, 1989).