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The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

Exploring Teacher Supervisor Feedback: Changing Teaching Practice Through Reflection

Gerry Davies.

This study examines the level of reflectivity and the substance of six supervisory conferences which took place during the eight week teaching practicum of three full-time English Major PCEd student teachers in the Faculty of Education in the University of Hong Kong. Zeichner and Liston’s (1985) practical and substantive frameworks were used to measure the quality of thinking and reflectivity as well as the content of the interaction between supervisors and trainees. The constructs underlying the study are supervision, learning teaching, reflectivity and change.

The findings reveal that there was a low level of reflectivity across all six conferences and that both supervisors and trainees talked most about teaching strategies. Limitations were mostly caused by contextual factors, inadequate time devoted to supervisor/student interactions and the timing for these interactions. This paper then makes recommendations on ways to effect change in the relationships between students and their supervisors that encourages more reflectivity and change in teaching practices.


Gerry Davies  (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Teaching Consultant
Faculty of Education
The University of Hong Kong

  • Supervisor feedback
  • Reflectivity
  • Change

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)