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ERIC Number: EJ914575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
Supervision: Using the Evidence to Support Our Practice
Holley, Wendy
Kairaranga, v6 n2 p41-48 2005
Supervision is an activity that, when effective, contributes significantly to service delivery and the ongoing learning and development of staff. Conversely, an organisation dedicating considerable time to an activity that is not benefiting practitioners and clients actually detracts from direct service provision. A national supervision project was commenced in October 2004 to maximise the effectiveness of supervision in the Ministry of Education-Special Education (GSE). One of the goals of this project was to develop a national supervision framework outlining the key indicators of effective supervision. A reference group was formed of thirteen staff spread across regions, tiers of the organisation, occupational groups and cultural perspectives, as well as extent of experience with GSE and with supervision. The group took an evidence-based approach to the project, with the term "supervision" encompassing professional, clinical and cultural supervision. This evidence-based approach was conceptualised as the intersection between the research evidence, practitioner expertise and the lived experiences of the people involved. Therefore, information was gathered from three main sources: a literature review (the research evidence), interviews with twelve luminaries in the field of supervision (practitioner expertise) and an internal online survey (the lived experience of the people involved). Additionally, reference group members scoped existing supervision practices in their districts and regions. The online survey, which had a response rate of nearly 40 percent, gathered a variety of quantitative and qualitative information on the current practices of staff in relation to supervision. Results from the survey, enhanced with information from districts, were used to develop a snapshot of supervision within the organisation. This snapshot was examined against the effective practices outlined by the literature and key luminaries, and informed the development of GSE's national supervision framework. This article seeks to synthesise the evidence underpinning each of the key themes, examine them against the current picture of supervision with GSE and translate them into practical ways of enriching supervision practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand