ERIC Number: EJ924134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
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Features and Strategies of Supervisor Professional Community as a Means of Improving the Supervision of Preservice Teachers
Levine, Thomas H.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v27 n5 p930-941 Jul 2011
This article explores whether features associated with effective professional communities among K-12 teachers are relevant and sufficient for improving the practice of supervisors in teacher education programs. Interview and observational data from nineteen supervisors in one teacher education program illuminate what supervisors want in order to improve their professional practices and how their needs could be met through ongoing collaboration. The article proposes five features of professional communities that can help supervisors improve their work: norms promoting collaboration; trust and familiarity; activities deprivatizing practices; access to logistical information and shared expectations about the role of supervisors; and time for collaboration.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), Student Teacher Supervisors, Communities of Practice, Observation, Cooperation, Trust (Psychology), Time Management, Access to Information, Behavior Standards, Social Behavior, Teacher Collaboration, Familiarity, Teacher Educators, Faculty Development, Teacher Educator Education, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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