Assessing Observation Focus and Conference Targets of Cooperating Teachers

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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  • 1 Illinois State University
  • | 2 University of South Carolina
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The purpose of this study was to develop a strategy to assess two facets of the supervisory responsibilities of Cooperating Teachers (CTs): (a) what CTs choose to observe during a lesson when preparing to offer comments to a student teacher and (b) what CTs choose to bring to the attention of student teachers after observing a lesson. The purpose also was to determine the usefulness of the strategy in discriminating among CTs that may have different preparation backgrounds for supervisory duties. Eighteen elementary level CTs participated by individually watching a videotaped lesson, preparing a written critique, and responding to interviews regarding the supervision of a student teacher. Results support the strategy used as a viable means for identifying selected supervisory abilities of CTs, facilitating the identification of discernible similarities and differences among CTs, and discriminating between two groups of CTs with different backgrounds.

M. Coleman is with the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-5121; M. Mitchell is with the Department of Physical Education at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.

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