Title: Effects of synchronous coaching in teacher training

Authors: Ralph W. Hooreman, Piet A.M. Kommers, Wim M.G. Jochems

Addresses: Eindhoven School of Education, Eindhoven University of Technology, Postbox 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands. ' Eindhoven School of Education, Eindhoven University of Technology, Postbox 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands. ' Eindhoven School of Education, Eindhoven University of Technology, Postbox 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Abstract: Historically, the nature of coaching the teachers is asynchronously: a reflective discussion with the supervisory coach is the follow-up after a lesson has been taught. We expect that synchronous (immediate) coaching may complement and to a certain extent supplant the asynchronous feedback. Nonetheless, in order to investigate the additional effects of combining synchronous and asynchronous coaching, it is essential to obtain an insight into the effects of synchronous interventions separately from the asynchronous condition. Test subjects were assigned random to two conditions: synchronous vs. asynchronous. The participants were required to show teacher|s behaviour on the basis of video fragments. An observer scored the quality of this pedagogical action. It appeared from this study that synchronous coaching had significantly greater effects than the asynchronous condition on the quality of the pedagogical action of the trainee teacher.

Keywords: educational technology; feedback; synchronous coaching; teacher education; vocational education; teacher training; asynchronous coaching; pedagogy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2008.018836

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2008 Vol.18 No.3, pp.338 - 350

Available online: 19 Jun 2008 *

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