Title

Peer Coaching in a Preservice Special Education Program

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Teacher Education and Special Education

Volume

15

Issue

4

Publication Date

1992

First Page

249

Last Page

258

Abstract

One strategy to enhance supervision of preservice teacher trainees is on-site observation and feedback from another trainee, or peer coach. In this study, the effects of peer coaching were examined with five teacher trainees who were having difficulty learning the required instruction skills in their practica. Peer coaches provided immediatefeedback to trainees on teaching behaviors during reading instruction. They also summarized trainees' performance at the end of reading sessions. Effects of peer coaching were analyzed in a multiple baseline experimental design across trainees. Results indicated that effective teaching behaviors increased and ineffective teaching behaviors decreased with peer coaching for all five trainees. Also, effects generalized to math instruction. The potential uses of peers as coaches in preservice teacher education are discussed.

Comments

Originally published by SAGE Publications.

Publisher’s PDF available to USU students and faculty through remote link.

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