Transforming Teachers’ Instructional Practices Through Clinical Supervision: An Action Research Study

Authors

  • Janine Williams The School of Education University of the West Indies St Augustine Trinidad
  • Tariq Ali Baksh The School of Education University of the West Indies St Augustine Trinidad
  • Freddy James Lecturer in Educational Administration The School of Education The University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad

Keywords:

Continuous Professional Development, Sustainable Teacher Education, Clinical Supervision, Instructional Delivery, Educational Improvement

Abstract

 

The current research being reported on, employed a Clinical Supervision (CS) model as a conceptual framework to design and implement CS interventions to develop teachers’ pedagogical and instructional skills, with three teachers in two secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago over a six-month period.  Data collection methods included: classroom observations, questionnaires, interviews and journals. The findings showed that the CS intervention that focused on building a collaborative and collegial relationship with the teachers, to develop their skills, attitudes and competencies, enabled them to learn and improve their pedagogical and instructional practices within the complex classroom environments. Teachers indicated that the collaborative process allowed them to reflect and improve their practice with assistance and guidance from their supervisors, whom they regarded as mentors. The study is significant as it validates CS as a viable and sustainable teacher CPD strategy.

 

Author Biographies

Janine Williams, The School of Education University of the West Indies St Augustine Trinidad

Janine Williams has over twenty-four years teaching experience both at primary and secondary level in Trinidad and Tobago. At present, she teaches English A, Communication Studies an Literatures in English at a secondary school in Central Trinidad.  She is a graduate of the School of Education of the University of the West Indies with an M.Ed in Educational Leadership, a PostGraduate Diploma in Educational  Administration and holds a BA in Literatures in English with a minor in Linguistics.  Mrs Williams also graduated from Corinth Teachers’ College with a Teachers’ Diploma and an Award for Excellence in Teaching Practice.   Her research interests include: educational leadership, school improvement and teacher professional development.

Tariq Ali Baksh, The School of Education University of the West Indies St Augustine Trinidad

Tariq Ali Baksh is a secondary school teacher with over nineteen years experience as a member of the Languages Department at a secondary school in the St. George East District of Trinidad and Tobago. He teaches English A, English B, Communication Studies and Literatures in English. Mr. Ali Baksh holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Technology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration. His research interests include:  teacher professional development, education technology, peer to peer counselling and mentoring of high risk students.

Freddy James, Lecturer in Educational Administration The School of Education The University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad

Dr. Freddy James is a lecturer in Educational Leadership and Administration in the School of Education at UWI, St. Augustine. She is a University of Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellowship Scholar. Her research interests include: educational leadership, policy, change and improvement, technology leadership and teacher education.  

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Published

2020-02-06

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