Supervisor Feedback: Perceptions From Physical Education Teacher Candidates


  • Christie M. González-Toro Manhattan College
  • Jeffrey M. Cherubini Manhattan College
  • Scott R. Doig Arkansas State University
  • Margarita Fernández-Vivó University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez



physical education, student teacher triad, teacher candidates, teaching training, feedback


This study investigated physical education teacher candidate perceptions on feedback received from cooperating teachers and university supervisors during their student teaching experience. We used a basic qualitative research design (Merriam, 2009) to determine the perceptions of five teacher candidates from a public university in Puerto Rico. Teacher candidates completed daily reflections, weekly descriptive questionnaires, and in-depth interviews, which we used as sources of data. Three themes emerged from collected data: quality of supervision, feedback and evaluation, and satisfaction with relationship. Of particular interest, the teacher candidates in this study perceived cooperating teachers as not offering the needed feedback to improve their teaching performance in the classroom. Conversely, teacher candidates perceived the feedback from their university supervisors as helpful in developing and improving their teaching skills. Although the participants in this study acknowledged both their cooperating teachers and their university supervisors as mentors, the results indicate that the type of feedback received from each may be perceived as beneficial, neutral, and at times negative toward the student teaching experience. Recommendations for cooperating teachers, university supervisors, and student teachers will be discussed with the purpose to improve the physical education teacher preparation process. Subscribe to TPE

Author Biographies

Christie M. González-Toro, Manhattan College

Dr. Christie M. González-Toro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Manhattan College.

Jeffrey M. Cherubini, Manhattan College

Dr. Jeffrey M. Cherubini is the Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Manhattan College.

Scott R. Doig, Arkansas State University

Dr. Scott R. Doig is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences at Arkansas State University.

Margarita Fernández-Vivó, University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez

Dr. Margarita Fernández-Vivó is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.