Capturing the Essence of Student Teaching Observations

By Abalo Adewui.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Anyone who has assumed student teaching supervision role understands that it is a critical and central role in a teacher education program and knows also that it is a pivotal event in a student’s academic experience. Some qualified it as the most important part of the teacher education program (Bradley & Earp, Friebus, Funk & Hoffman, Shaver & Wise in Blocker & Swetnam, 1995). Ironically, after examining the professional literature on supervision of student teachers by their university supervisors, there is only a slim body of studies focused on supervision in teacher education. Although sporadic studies have raised awareness of issues surrounding university supervision, gaining a deeper understanding of many areas has not been adequately addressed. This study uses hermeneutic- phenomenological lenses to capture the essence of student teaching observation and the outcomes on student teacher professional growth.

Keywords: Hermeneutic-Phenomenology

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.249-256. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 549.423KB).

Prof. Abalo Adewui

Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Central Michigan University, Midland, Michigan, USA

Dr. Adewui is a native of Togo on the West Coast of Africa. He earned a BA in Applied linguistics at Benin University, MA/TESOL at Leicester University in England, Msc/EMA at Heriot Watt University Edingburgh in Scotland and a Ph.D. Curriculum instruction and supervision at Oklahoma State University. His Teaching areas include curriculum theory and development, qualitative research methods, Educational psychology, Social foundation, Critical theory, International /comparative education and Student teaching. Research focus includes qualitative inquiry in supervision in teacher education, student teaching abroad, service learning projects,teaching in compressed formats. He places and supervises student teachers in K-12 schools in Michigan and in international setting precisely in nontraditional settings such as in Africa.


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