ERIC Number: ED403641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Views of Instructional Supervision: What Do the Textbooks Say?
White, Barbara L.; Daniel, Larry G.
In all professions, the development of the field rests on an established knowledge base and on newer, emerging information. As a discipline, instructional supervision has been influenced by both evaluation-based and clinically oriented theories. This paper presents findings of a study that sought to determine the degree to which various supervisory theories are dominant in contemporary instructional supervision textbooks. The study examined 12 educational supervision textbooks, using a list of key words and concepts derived from several different supervisory theories. Theoretical orientations consistent with evaluation-based theories were found in seven of the textbooks, while more clinically oriented theories were dominant in the other five. No one theory consistently dominated the textbooks. Hence, considering that textbooks remain one of several major means for communicating a knowledge base to students, it is likely that supervisory practice will continue to be affected by varied theoretical orientations. (Contains 26 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Tuscaloosa, AL, November 6-8, 1996).