ERIC Number: ED378140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Peer Coaching in Teacher Education. Fastback 371.
Neubert, Gloria A.; Stover, Lois T.
Preservice peer coaching is a collegial relationship between student teachers who provide reciprocal, in-class assistance to one another as they attempt to incorporate new teaching skills, strategies, and approaches into their teaching. The typical peer-coaching cycle includes a preview conference, during which the student teachers discuss the focus of the upcoming lesson; observation of the lesson by the student teacher coach; and a follow-up conference, during which the student teachers analyze the lesson. Peer coaching facilitates the recall of skills and strategies from methodology classes, fosters collegiality, and promotes reflection on teaching. Effective use of peer coaching requires training in interacting as both coach and recipient of coaching. Supervising teachers also need to be introduced to the goals, procedures, and benefits of peer coaching. Problems inherent in preservice peer coaching include increased time requirements involved in the coaching cycle, increased time involvement of university personnel, development of unhealthy competitiveness, and student teachers' lack of confidence in giving constructive feedback. (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teaching Skills
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.