Source: This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 27, Issue 5,
Author(s): Thomas H. Levine, " Features and Strategies of Supervisor Professional Community as a Means of Improving the Supervision of Preservice Teachers",
Pages 930–941, Copyright Elsevier (July 2011)
This study addresses the problem of professional development for teacher education supervisors.
It 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 data help to identify five features of effective supervisor professional community 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.