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ERIC Number: ED543727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1955
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Supervision in Rural Schools: A Report on Findings and Practices. Bulletin, 1955, No. 11
Franseth, Jane
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
The function of supervision is to help schools do their work better. Systematic appraisal of objectives and procedures in supervision is continually pointing the way to more effective methods of accomplishing this purpose. Because educators have become dissatisfied with the outcomes of this kind of supervision, many of them are seeking more effective ways of bringing about improvement in supervisory practices. Although the educators who participated in this study expressed many differences of opinion, most of them believe that good school supervision is a resource, consultant, and leadership service that schools use to help them provide better learning situations for children and adults in their communities. This publication reports the beliefs of many educators about supervision, the principles upon which there is most agreement, and some practices in rural school supervision that illustrate the principles. It also includes some reports on ways to appraise the effectiveness of supervision. Many educators in the United States have contributed to this bulletin: teachers, supervisors, principals, college teachers, State department consultants, county and rural area superintendents, deans of education, and specialists in the Office of Education. Through correspondence, work conferences, individual interviews, observing supervisors at work, research studies, and committee work they have answered the questions: What is good supervision? What are the guiding principles? What are some of the best supervisory practices in rural areas? How can the effectiveness of supervision be appraised? To begin this search, the author took advantage of many opportunities to learn what supervisors believed to be good supervision. After taking part in many discussions and serving as consultant in many work conferences she prepared some statements on supervision which appeared to be in harmony with the major beliefs of the educational leaders with whom she had been working. These statements were discussed with a number of educational leadership groups and are presented here in the appendix entitled "What is Good Supervision?" (Contains 16 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Office of Education, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of Education (ED)