ERIC Number: ED213143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Lord of a Brave New Cuckoo's Nest: Implications for Supervisory Authority.
The Australian Administrator, v2 n6 p1-4 Dec 1981
The contradiction in instructional supervisors' roles between helping and rating teachers raises questions about the nature of supervisory authority. Three novels--Golding's "Lord of the Flies," Huxley's "Brave New World," and Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"--illustrate the general problem of combining social control with individual freedom. Teacher supervision is a special case of the general concept of social control, and the question of balancing supervisors' control and teachers' individual freedom is but a specific instance of the larger problem. Part of the difficulty arises from the lack of a clear definition of the purposes and functions of instructional supervision. Discussion by various writers on the purposes of teacher supervision indicates that supervisors need to be enlightened, to work to improve performance, and to help teachers to be free to function better. With such an understanding, supervisors would be more oriented toward teacher growth than teacher defects and would foster a more collaborative relationship with teachers. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Power, Instructional Improvement, Literary Criticism, Objectives, Power Structure, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Supervision
Editor, The Australian Administrator, School of Education, Deakin University, Victoria 3217, Australia ($.85).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Victoria, (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers: Authority; Freedom