The school coordinator – usually a principal or deputy principal – can play a key role in ensuring that practicum provides quality learning opportunities for pre-service teachers. Traditionally the coordinator's role has been seen as purely managerial and administrative, but recent research has found that the coordinator helps to monitor and assess pre-service teachers' practicum experiences, and provides pedagogical and pastoral support. A study in South Australia has examined the coordinator's pedagogical role. It shows how a small group of coordinators have contributed to the development of learning communities that unite the pre-service teachers with experienced school staff and university staff.
A best-evidence synthesis is used to examine how encoding instruction develops students' understanding of the alphabetic principle, decoding skills, fluency, comprehension and spelling – Review of Educational Research.