Supervising Student Teachers

Issues, Perspectives and Future Directions

  • Alexander Cuenca

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles J. Elfer
      Pages 3-19
    3. Mardi Schmeichel
      Pages 33-45
  3. Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Muffet Trout
      Pages 63-76
    3. Muffet Trout
      Pages 77-92
    4. Susan F. Waite, Duncan Waite
      Pages 93-106
    5. Meg Monaghan, Barbara F. Hartigan
      Pages 107-106
  4. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. H. James Garrett
      Pages 157-168
    3. Adrian Rodgers
      Pages 169-189
    4. David Byrd, Jay Fogleman
      Pages 191-210
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-212

About this book


The student teaching experience is often considered one of the most influential aspects of teacher preparation. Key in the success of student teaching is the university supervisor. During the student teaching experience, the university supervisor is mainly responsible for helping pre-service teachers relate university coursework with the situated experiences in schools. However, much like the various other spaces and places in teacher education, facilitating teacher learning is an incredibly complex endeavor. This edited volume addresses the complexities of supervising student teachers from three distinct vantage points. First, salient issues regarding the supervision of student teachers such as the preparation of novice supervisors, negotiating power in the student teaching triad, and the low status of clinical teacher education are examined. Second, different pedagogical frameworks for the work of supervision are provided such as care theory, teacher education for democracy, and social justice. Finally, future directions for field-based teacher education are discussed, such as a call to reconsider where supervision takes place, the necessity to develop a pedagogy of supervision, 21st century trends facing clinical teacher education, and the value added by university supervisors to teacher development. Each of these chapters engage the supervision of student teachers through a mix of research, theory, and personal stories from the field. As such, this edited volume is designed for new supervisors, veteran supervisors, and supervision scholars.


democracy social justice teacher education

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander Cuenca
    • 1
  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversityMissouriUSA

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