Murray State Theses and Dissertations


Supervision is a dynamic and challenging leadership process that remains an essential element within the field of speech-language pathology. This study utilized a descriptive research design in attempt to amass quantifiable information that can be used to statistically analyze elements within the supervisor-supervisee relationship. Agreement of perceived supervisory styles and satisfaction between supervisor-supervisee dyads (n=74) were examined. External and personal characteristics including age, clinical setting, experience, and previous training were also examined in relation to supervisee satisfaction and agreement of supervisory styles within dyads. Data was collected through completion of a demographic questionnaire as well as the Supervisory Style Inventory (SSI) to identify supervisory style as being attractive, interpersonally sensitive, or task oriented. Results indicate that there is not a significant relationship between satisfaction of supervisees and agreement of supervisory styles with over half (66%) of dyads in disagreement of perceived style employed. However, interpersonal and task oriented styles were strongly correlated with supervisee satisfaction. There was not a significant relationship between age, training, and experience of the supervisor related to supervisee satisfaction. Discussions include practical implications, limitations of the study as well as recommendations for future research. Additional research in the area of supervision is necessary to continue increasing positive outcomes through evidence-based practice.

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Author's Keywords

supervision, supervisor style, leadership, speech-language pathology

Dissertation Committee Chair

Randal H. Wilson

Committee Member

Sharon B. Hart

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Ben Littlepage

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