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The clinical faculty role is a new role for supervising or cooperating teachers that has evolved in the Division of Teacher Education at Western New Mexico University, producing dramatic changes in the design of the student teaching field experience. Clinical faculty are master teachers who supervise student teachers during their field experiences. The university's staffing process changed in order to facilitate recruitment of qualified clinical faculty: (1) clinical faculty are paid $700 per semester per student teacher; (2) criteria for clinical faculty are collaboratively devised, in partnership with the public schools; and (3) clinical faculty are required to enroll in an instructional supervision seminar, "Collegial Coaching," a vital component of the clinical faculty program. During these seminars, clinical faculty members share strategies about teaching and learning and methods of collegial interaction with their students teachers. Coaching is also a critical element of the clinical faculty member's interaaction with student teachers. The conceptual foundation of the supervision program incorporates principles found in adult learning theory, reflective practice theory, and systems theory. (Contains 18 references.) (IAH)

Descriptors: Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), College School Cooperation, Collegiality, Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Practicum Supervision, Preservice Teacher Education, Seminars, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teachers, Student Teaching, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship

Autor: Losee, Suzanne


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