The importance of field supervision of student teacher candidates is well-recognized. However, the role of the supervisor is often unarticulated and ambiguous, left to the field supervisor and the candidate to delineate and define. The individual practices of field supervisors are often idiosyncratic representations of the goals of the specific teacher preparation program, or simply based on personal knowledge and experience. What are those supervisory practices, and are there differences based on the supervisors’ professional backgrounds? Based on survey responses from field supervisors at one university, this qualitative investigation suggests supervisors’ professional backgrounds and affiliations with teacher preparation programs do influence how supervisors assist new teachers develop as professionals. Former teachers tend to focus on practical and concrete aspects of teaching while university faculty and former teacher-administrators strive to connect classroom teaching to state mandates and teacher preparation program-identified curricular concerns. Field supervisors represent teacher preparation programs in schools and classrooms, but teacher preparation program faculty may not be fully aware of how they are being represented and what lessons supervisors are sharing with candidates and cooperating teachers.



Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

Persistent Identifier


Included in

Education Commons



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.