ERIC Number: ED277110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Language of Supervision: Perspectives over Time.
This paper quotes liberally from writings on teacher supervision as it traces the history of attitudes toward the relationship between teachers and their supervisors from the middle 1800's to the present. The paper begins with the "Annual Report of the Superintendent of Common Schools of the State of New York" (1845), which reveals the simpler nature of the superintendency of its era while exhibiting the period's strong sense of mission and dedication to the improvement of education and teaching practice, all expressed in terms surprisingly similar to those used today. Other works by supervisors from the 1800's and early 1900's provide insight into the expanding role of the supervisor and simultaneously give further evidence that although the basic problems of supervision have remained the same over the years, the language used to address those problems and the emphasis placed on the problems have mirrored larger social trends. The rise of teacher militancy and the scientific management movement in the 20th century eliminated some of the complacency in the field, but despite the generation of new and varied technical terms for discussing the basic concepts used in supervision, the concepts have remained essentially the same. A four-page bibliography concludes the paper. (PGD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).