ERIC Number: ED360286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Control Strategies in Conferencing: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Micropolitical Strategies in Supervision.
The study reported here analyzed the interaction performance of instructional supervisors as they conducted postobservation conferences with teachers. Seven supervisor-teacher pairs consisting of varying combinations of experienced, beginning, and novice teachers and supervisors were examined, to determine status indicators such as jargon use, verbal complexity, and using the other person's name; informing versus controlling the interaction; dominance strategies such as total words, message unit turns, intended interruptions, and minimal responses; and the success level of the conference. Findings suggest that conference success is greatly influenced by strategy patterns, as the match between the strategy use of the supervisor and the teacher is more important than the experience levels of either participant. The most successful conferences were characterized by teacher-controlled dominance strategies, close matching of status indicators, and supervisory reliance on suggestions rather than direction, except in the case of a beginning teacher coupled with an experienced supervisor. Implications for supervisory practice, philosophy, and preparation are discussed. (Contains 62 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).