Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
In supervision, all roads lead to the conference. Given all the steps in the supervision cycle, the post-observation conference is the one step that must be handled effectively for teacher growth to occur. Since teacher growth ultimately is the goal of supervision, it seemed appropriate to investigate the post-observation conference and factors related to its success. The major focus of the study was to examine what factors seemed most salient for conference effectiveness;Sixty-six teachers and seventeen principals primarily from Iowa, but also including one each from Nebraska and Missouri participated in the study. Two-thirds of the teachers in the study were tenured, while the remaining one-third had less than three years of teaching experience;Each principal was asked to conduct four post-observation conferences, and each conference was audiotaped. Interaction analysis was used to analyze the audiotapes to provide insights into the types and duration of principal behavior. Principals and teachers were also asked to complete instruments which assessed their perceptions of principal conference behavior, conference climate, and other factors related to the conference process and its effectiveness;Results indicated that three of the study variables were significantly related to a productive conference. Teachers reported that conference climate, the structure, and principal behavior which met their expectations enhanced conference effectiveness.
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Karen Marie Spencer
Spencer, Karen Marie, "Post-observation conferences: factors related to success " (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 8749.