ERIC Number: ED447136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-17
A New Model of Student Teacher Supervision: Perceptions of Supervising Teachers.
Zheng, Binyao; Webb, Linda
This study examined the effectiveness of a model of student teacher supervision that gives full responsibility for supervising student teachers to qualified classroom teachers. The model provides increased status for cooperating teachers while maintaining close ties with the university through student teacher coordinators. In this model, cooperating teachers are appointed as adjunct faculty at the university and award the final grade for student teaching. A survey instrument examined respondents' perspectives regarding the qualifications of university faculty and cooperating teachers to assess and evaluate student teacher performance. Results indicated that more cooperating teachers preferred the current model than the new model, believing that university supervisors were more qualified to evaluate and grade student teachers. University supervisors preferred the current model even more than did the cooperating teachers, believing they were more qualified to evaluate and grade student teachers. Overall, participants felt that the best model would combine the work of the university supervisor and cooperating teacher, with each working cooperatively to ensure the best development of the student teacher. Both groups believed that the best role for the classroom teacher was that of mentor, with evaluation done through mutual discussion. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).