ERIC Number: ED390861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
The Bug-in-the-Ear Device: An Alternative Student Teaching Supervision Strategy.
Giebelhaus, Carmen R.
Effective supervision of student teachers has become a growing concern for teacher educators due to the increased emphasis placed on field experience in teacher preparation programs. Lacking an effective means of providing intervention, feedback, and reinforcement during the process, supervisors, both cooperating teachers and university based supervisors, have relied on the delayed and frequently awkward retrospective approach of post-observation conferencing. Therefore, an investigation was initiated to address the need to develop a more systematic method of offering corrective and constructive feedback during the supervision of student teachers. The study investigated the use of a mechanical device, the bug-in-the-ear (BIE) device, with 22 elementary education student teachers and their cooperating teachers. The BIE is a small, wireless one-way communication instrument, similar to that used in broadcast journalism, which allows the supervisor to communicate privately with the trainee. The supervisor is able to view the situation and simultaneously direct the trainee to attend to specific behaviors using short concise cues or prompts. The results of the study suggested that cooperating teachers and their student teachers enjoyed using the BIE, that the BIE was considered an effective and appropriate means of communicating with the student teacher during the teaching process, and that student teachers could attend to the two sets of verbal stimuli simultaneously. The student teachers also pointed out some technical difficulties, such as unwanted noise, that need to be worked out. (Contains 23 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Atlanta, GA, February 12-16, 1994).