Challenges Experienced by Teaching Practice Supervisors in an Open and Distance Learning Environment
AbstractThe teaching practice programme plays a vital role in effective preparation of student teachers in teacher education institutions including the University of South Africa (UNISA). This article examines the way teaching practice supervision is conducted at UNISA, particularly focusing on the challenges experienced by supervisors in ensuring effective support to students. The article discusses the concept of supervision and the supervision process, roles and responsibilities of supervisors as well as teaching practice for professional growth. Challenges identified include students’ level of preparedness, school placement, school based mentors who are not trained to support and guide students, as well as lack of orientation programs for teaching practice. It concludes that emphasis must be on quality assurance in the supervision of teaching practice programme, to ensure that students are well prepared for the world of work.
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