Re/Construct Processes of Pedagogical Supervision: An Experience of Professional Training in the Context of Early Childhood Education
The authors intend to present a training project in Pedagogical Supervision, developed with twenty one kindergarten teachers that cooperate with Escola Superior de Educação of Instituto Politécnico do Porto in the professional training of pre-service kindergarten teachers. This training had, has primary goal, to improve kindergarten teachers’ competences in the domain of pedagogical supervision. Other intentions were associated with this main goal, namely: (a) contribute to the improvement of the processes of professional training of pre-service kindergarten teachers; (b) contribute to the development of practices of indagation about professional action; (c) the strengthening of collaborative relations between the School of Higher Education and the School of Pedagogical Practice; (d) the development of a culture of shared training, that could promote the development of a culture of supervision.
The training methodology was sustained on action-research, with a focus on emergent daily questions brought by the trainees, and in the analysis of information collected on the trainee’s needs concerning professional development. During the training process, training strategies of collaborative nature were valued, namely sharing of experiences and knowledge, and inter-peers support.
The results turned visible the re/construcion of processes of supervision, in the reinforcement of the supervisive function and role, in the support to the reflection about the practices and in the construction of meanings that conducted to the reconstruction of professional knowledge.
The results also contributed to legitimate and reinforce the inter-institutional collaboration - between the School of Higher Education and the School of Pedagogical Practice – envisaging a transformation of a training culture.
Keywords: Pedagogical Supervision, Collaborative Training, Construction and Re/Construction of Professional Knowledge
Prof. Deolinda Ribeiro
Associated Teacher, Supervision Department
Dr. Sara Araújo
Associated Teacher, Department of Supervision