ERIC Number: ED245325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Supervision, Evaluation and Staff Development: A Concept Paper.
Alfonso, Robert J.
The early eighties will likely be viewed as a time of great school reform. Yet even though commissions and other observers describe what schools ought to do, a lack of understanding of how to go about doing it remains. Generally, reform movements are deficient in proper instructional management resources, and educators are left on their own to deal with national criticism and prescription. This paper suggests an integrated model for incorporating three categories of activity--supervision, evaluation, and staff development--related to instructional improvement. Presently these tasks remain isolated entities, even in the literature. In a 1983 survey, for example, supervisors indicated that evaluating teachers would undermine their primary roles. Nonetheless, it is useless to conduct teacher evaluations without a supporting program of supervision and staff development, each of which should be seen as an "equal" in contribution. As a figure illustrates, there is no automatic starting point for attempting instructional improvement; evaluation results could lead in several directions, a wholistic goal. Anything less is change sought in a vacuum. (KS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).