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ERIC Number: ED433955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Role Perception in Fieldwork Supervisors of Students of Early Childhood Education.
Dayan, Yael
Students of early childhood education studying at teachers' colleges in Israel are usually required to spend 1 to 2 work days weekly in a preschool, supervised by a faculty member who visits the student on site. This study examined the faculty member's perception of self in the role of fieldwork supervisor. Participating in this descriptive multiple case study were six supervisors from five teachers' colleges in Israel. Data were collected by means of observations, interviews, and written materials obtained over the course of 1 school year. Each supervisor was observed for 4 working days and during visits to preschools and encounters with student trainees at work in the field. During each visit to a total of 40 preschools, the supervisor was observed, audiotaped, and interviewed. The findings indicated that the supervisor's visit to the preschool was made up of three principal components: (1) movement around the setting; (2) observation of activities; and (3) supervisory conference. Although, ostensibly, the configuration of the visit was identical for all supervisors, their behavior and the manner in which they perceived each of these three role components differed for each individual. The differences among the supervisors generated a typology of three types of supervision: (1) activity-oriented; (2) child-oriented; and (3) student-oriented. These types of supervision have implications for training programs for supervisors. (Contains 27 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel