BEYOND THE STATUS QUO--A Reappraisal of Instructional Supervision

Turney, David
May 1966
Educational Leadership;May1966, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p664
The article presents information on the role instructional supervision. One result of the multi-functioned conception of supervision and the accompanying diffusion of role has been the reduction of the supervisor's position to that of a sort of educational, utility infielder whose responsibilities are likely to shift from time to time depending on the nature of current emergencies or the need of superiors to unload some time-consuming and unrewarding task that has drifted their way. A second result of this global definition of supervision has been an excessive duplication of teaching about these functions in most graduate professional courses. Since the supervision and curriculum development specialties are already partially separated in practice from administration by the "line and staff" form of organization, one may expect comparatively little objection to this formulation from administrators since no real change in this pattern is involved. Changes in the ways that curriculum specialists and supervisors are used within the pattern would be involved. Curriculum specialists, on the other hand, may be expected to object to this proposal on the grounds that effective supervision is generally a consequence of curriculum development work and therefore may not be thus readily separated from its counterpart.


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