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1 Supervision and Learning Styles Outline of morning session: Cover the process of supervision in relation to learning styles Supervision scenarios Feedback and discussion on issues brought up during afternoon

2 Supervision and Learning Styles Have an awareness of the process of supervision in relation to your learning style Experienced supervision scenarios Received feedback and discussed issues brought up during the morning Any other issues that arise for you can be discussed at the end of the day

3 Definition of Supervision Supervision is a communication process between supervisor and student. The process enables the student to explore and increase knowledge and understanding of professional practice and to develop and apply Occupational Therapy skills and knowledge. (COT 1993)

4 Exercise What does supervision represent to you? Consider in terms of the following What it provides/offers What is needed for its success

5 Models of Supervision Apprenticeship Models Growth Models Educational Models (Alsop & Ryan 1996)

6 Styles of Supervision Practice Educators are likely to adopt a style of supervision which reflects their own learning style and/or the learning style promoted within the work place. Student expectations of supervision can be influenced by their own style of learning and by previous work places/previous learning environments.

7 Learning Styles How we differ in our tendencies or preferences and approaches to learning and development, thought to be due to a mix of our personality and cognitive processes (or how we have learnt to learn). (Fry et al 1999)

8 Learning Styles- Which are you? Activist Pragmatist Reflector Theorist

9 Activist Challenges, new experiences and problems, excitement and freedom.

10 Activist As an Educator in supervision we may naturally talk a great deal, come up with solutions for the student, expect them to learn just by ‘diving in and having a go’, be frustrated they seem to be at a slow pace. As a student may want to ‘run before they can walk’, throw caution to the wind, talk a lot in supervision focusing on the short term superficial, rather than depth.

11 Pragmatist Practical activities of immediate relevance, practical solutions, getting on with things.

12 Pragmatist As an Educator in supervision may want a shorter time limit and be task focused rather than discussion focused. As a student may focus on wanting to be shown/told what to do and allowed to get on with it, possibly with only superficial questioning/applying existing knowledge.

13 Reflector Structure, opportunity to observe, with time to reflect and think in a detailed manner.

14 Reflector As an Educator in supervision may ask lots of exploratory questions, want the student to think through thoughts and feelings, want to look at issues in detail. As a student want to be allowed lots of thinking time, want to explore lots of options so can appear unfocused, ‘off at a tangent’, or don’t get round to ‘doing’.

15 Theorist Logical, rational structure, clear aims, questioning on a theoretical level.

16 Theorist As an Educator in supervision may want a logical structured approach, ask lots of in-depth theoretical questions, expect explicit links to theory. As a student may ask lots of questions, find thinking creatively a challenge, may over actively pursue concrete or ‘black and white’ answers, want to increase their theoretical knowledge.

17 Exercise 1. Go to the area of the room which represents your highest scoring learning style 2. Choose a partner from another area of the room 3. Consider the positives and challenges of working together 4. Consider possible strategies to enhance the student learning process

18 Supervision/Learning Styles If the educator's and student's learning styles are similar, all may go very well, but you may consider stretching the student and/or yourself by focusing on an aspect neither of you would naturally learn through. If the educator's and student's learning styles are very different, but not acknowledged issues may arise.

19 Supervision/Learning Styles To some degree students need to be able to learn in all the different styles to be effective.

20 Kolb's learning cycle Concrete Evidence Reflective Observations Abstract Concepts and Generalisations Application of Ideas

21 Kolb's learning cycle Concrete Evidence Reflective Observations Abstract Concepts and Generalisations Application of Ideas Theorist ActivistReflector Pragmatist

22 Supervision Sometimes it can be useful to consider the challenges that students present in terms of their learning style being strong and weak in different areas. This can seem less of an attack on ‘personality’ and can promote a more constructive discussion.

23 Supervision Supervisors are usually expected to nurture personal and professional development and then judge the attainment of minimal standards and beyond. (Illot and Murphy 1999)

24 Formal Supervision - at pre- arranged times in quiet environment 4 main purposes: Reflection, feedback, dialogue Review of achievements Revision of learning contract Exploration of practice issues at deeper level

25 Informal Supervision Takes place at any time Before, during, after intervention User input maybe appropriate Allows for reflections immediately after the event

26 Key Elements of Supervision Supportive, developmental, non- judgemental Led by supervisee where possible Opportunity for supervisee to reflect and evaluate and share experiences Continuing process Supervisor to offer balance of support and challenge

27 Supervision scenarios Supervision Scenarios

28 Rules and ground rules Practical rules (no interruptions) Issues addressed How and when will work be reviewed and evaluated

29 Contracting and organising supervision sessions Frequency Length of time Venue Style Format

30 Feedback Clear Owned Regular Balanced Specific Objective

31 References Alsop, A. Ryan, S. (1996) Making the most of Fieldwork Education British Journal of Occupational Therapy 58 (337-40) Fisher, A Savin- Baden, m. (2002) Modernising Fieldwork Part 1: realising the Potential British Journal of Occupational Therapy 65 (5) Higgs, J. Tichen, A. (2001) Rethinking the Practice-Knowledge Interface in an uncertain World: A Model for Practice Development. British Journal of Occupational 59(11) Hobson, S. et al (2001) Fieldwork Education Occupational Therapy News April (17)

32 Cont... Sweeney, G. Webley, P and Treacher, A (2001) Supervision in Occupational Therapy, Part 2; The supervisee’s dilemma British Journal of Occupational Therapy 564 (11) ( ) Sweeney, G. Webley, P and Treacher, A (2001) Supervision in Occupational Therapy, Part 3: Accommodating the Supervisor and the Supervisee British Journal of Occupational Therapy 564 (11) Whitcombe, S. (2001) Using Learning contracts in fieldwork education, the views of O.T. Students and those responsible for their supervision. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 64 (11)


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