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From “Outsider” to “Bridge”: The Changing Role of University Supervision in an Urban Teacher Residency Program
This study investigated a faculty liaison (FL) model, an alternative to traditional field supervision implemented in an urban teacher residency (UTR) program. In the FL model, professors teaching in the UTR program were assigned to school sites rather than individual teacher candidates to observe and provide feedback, evaluate teacher candidate performance, and connect coursework and classroom practice. Results indicate strong support for the continuation of the FL model in lieu of traditional supervision.
Updated: Aug. 03, 2015
This study aimed to understand how new teachers experienced and perceived mentored induction and understand what aspects facilitated or impeded their learning. The participants were eight new teachers selected from two high-poverty, low performing Pre-K through eighth-grade schools in a metropolitan Midwestern public school system. The results indicate that new teachers found coaching to be a source of support and a resource for learning, and the new teacher were returning the following year and stated that they looked forward to continued work with their coaches. This study highlights that though emotional support and direct advice is appreciated, new teachers valued instructionally oriented, collaborative educative coaching.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013
This study focuses on seven mentor teachers who have mentored one-three years in peer placements to provide a textured understanding of their perceptions and experiences. Results indicate: (a) peer collaboration provides important pedagogical scaffolding that helps student teachers plan and implement complex pedagogies; and (b) peer-mentor observation helps student teachers feel more efficacious about their developing practice.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011
In this study, the authors sought to understand (a) how their six preservice teachers, who paired together in a pre-student teaching placement, experience and perceive the value of collaboration with a peer and cooperating teacher and (b) what facilitates or inhibits collaboration. Results from two successful and one less than successful placement indicate that mutuality, scaffolding, and the appropriation of skills and resources facilitate productive collaboration and promote professional learning. Recommendations are provided to guide the implementation or refinement of partner placements.
Updated: Nov. 14, 2010
The purpose of this study was to contribute to and expand the scholarship on teaching and mentoring. The questions guiding this qualitative study were as follows: First, how do mentors gain their expertise? Second, what support do they need to promote their continued development? The context of this study was a teacher training academy. Data were collected from eight mentor teachers in three ways--through individual interviews, focus group interviews, and participant observation. Results indicate that mentors conceptualized their work into two distinct roles: teaching and mentoring. Recommendations are provided for developing and supporting mentors' practice.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2009