Teacher Supervision Support and Its Impact on Professional Development of Teachers in Primary Schools


Authors : Philemon Antonio

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 7 - July

Google Scholar : https://goo.gl/DF9R4u

Scribd : https://bit.ly/30FWSx5

Abstract : This paper discusses the finding of the study conducted to explore professional support strategies planned by the head teacher to assist the supervisors and teachers to carry out their instructional duties. The study employs qualitative research with the total of 14 participants including the head teacher, senior teachers and assistant teachers. The reason for using purposive sampling to select the research site was due to financial and time limitations. The findings show that supervisors were inadequately supported on supervision training and induction to equip them perform their supervisory duties effectively. As a result, conventional supervision strategies using observation checklist, conferencing and sectional in-service were the dominant supervision techniques employed to supervise teachers. In order for supervision to improve, the supervisors are of the view that supervision training and induction are necessary support strategies to equip the supervisors with necessary knowledge and skills to equip them execute their supervisory responsibilities. The study also found that supervision has a tremendous impact in improving teacher’s instructional skills and fosters teacher motivation which contributes significantly to their continuous professional development.

Keywords : Teacher Supervision, Supervision Strategies, Conferencing, Supervisory Visits, Observation Checklist, In- Service.

This paper discusses the finding of the study conducted to explore professional support strategies planned by the head teacher to assist the supervisors and teachers to carry out their instructional duties. The study employs qualitative research with the total of 14 participants including the head teacher, senior teachers and assistant teachers. The reason for using purposive sampling to select the research site was due to financial and time limitations. The findings show that supervisors were inadequately supported on supervision training and induction to equip them perform their supervisory duties effectively. As a result, conventional supervision strategies using observation checklist, conferencing and sectional in-service were the dominant supervision techniques employed to supervise teachers. In order for supervision to improve, the supervisors are of the view that supervision training and induction are necessary support strategies to equip the supervisors with necessary knowledge and skills to equip them execute their supervisory responsibilities. The study also found that supervision has a tremendous impact in improving teacher’s instructional skills and fosters teacher motivation which contributes significantly to their continuous professional development.

Keywords : Teacher Supervision, Supervision Strategies, Conferencing, Supervisory Visits, Observation Checklist, In- Service.

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