Establish Best Practices for Supervision of Instructors
SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC
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This report describes the current state of instructional supervision in Special Operations Forces SOF initial acquisition training IAT language schools. The report describes the practices used in supervising instructors in these schools, and compares these practices with best practices from the theoretical and empirical literature on the topic, as well as with practices used in language schools external to the SOF IAT community. The findings are organized into five main categories 1 language learners and the language learning environment, 2 responsibilities of the instructional supervisor, 3 the relationship between instructional supervisors and instructors, 4 strategies and methods for instructional supervision, and 5 classroom observation and assessments. The study recommends that task and knowledge, skills, and abilities KSA analyses be conducted in each of the SOF IAT language schools, and that additional research be conducted to examine the results of effective instructional supervision in SOF IAT language schools. Specific recommendations are provided for SOF IAT leadership and Command Language Program Managers CLPMs related to selection, training, and resourcing. Finally, specific recommendations are provided for instructional supervisors related to classroom supervision and other important behaviors and skills. Using the information presented, SOF IAT leadership, CLPMs, and instructional supervisors can maintain and further develop effective instructional supervisory behaviors and practices in SOF IAT language schools.
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