ERIC Number: ED354218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Formal and Informal Post-Conferences in Supervising Interns in Teacher Education. Monograph No. 12.
Bare, Charles; Baumgardner, Karl
This study was conducted to examine how a college supervisor can reduce stress in the post-conference analysis of a lesson taught by an intern, and to determine the merits of both informal and formal post-conferencing. Informal post-conferencing was introduced to create a more relaxed, comfortable, and less rigid environment to alleviate intern anxiety, fear, and nervousness and to create a more humanistic, casual, natural, unconstrained milieu. In keeping with the humanistic philosophy, the college supervisor is exhorted to perform the role of coach rather than judge. The main element in informal post-conferencing that distinguished it from formal conferencing was the elimination of the supervisor's formal written report. Because some interns preferred a more structured approach, an opportunity to choose between formal and informal conferences was offered. Based on the perceptions and opinions of 45 interns and 2 college supervisors, it was concluded that informal post-conferences promoted more relaxed and formative coaching sessions; produced a more comfortable, congenial, and trusting environment; and, provided a greater degree of interaction, self-analysis, and reflection. Experienced college supervisors felt more effective in the humanistic approach. (LL)
Descriptors: Conferences, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Humanistic Education, Informal Assessment, Internship Programs, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Evaluation, Student Teacher Supervisors
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada