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SuperviSion as a field of Study

  • By: Patricia E. Holland
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Supervision as a field of study is complicated for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most important of these reasons is that a deep division exists within the field about whether the purpose of supervision is to provide administrative oversight or to support teachers' instruction. Another reason is that scholarship having to do with supervision does not exist as a well-demarcated body of literature and research, but can often be found within other related educational fields, including curriculum. Yet another reason is that supervision, both as a practice as well as a field of study, extends across the full range of a teaching career, and assumes various forms to address the needs and interests of teachers at varying stages of their professional development. Nevertheless, because ...

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