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Clinical Supervision in Todays Schools CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY Purpose of the Study The purpose of this study is to present the definition of clinical supervision and some basic concepts that are currently being used in the clinical supervision of public schools today By having a clearer understanding of these definitions and concepts prospective supervisors in public education will be better equipped to do their jobs Problem Statement A situation has occurred due to the ever-increasing demand for supervisors in public education today in which those entering supervisory positions may not be properly equipped to supervise This is primarily due to the fact that they may not understand all that is expected of them To use economic terminology the demand is exceeding the supply As a result supervisors may be placed into supervisory positions without a clear understanding of some definitions and concepts which have come into the realm of education fairly recently Supervisors cannot do their jobs effectively if they are not properly educated in the roles and responsibilities of the clinical supervisor The following study may serve as a review of some current definitions and concepts Background Information The earliest supervisors in Americas schools were often nothing more than overly critical snoops whose main job was to find what a teacher was doing wrong and report it to the teachers superiors Today we refer to this type of supervisor as a snoopervisor It was more likely that a teacher would receive a reprimand or dismissal as a result of those supervisory visits The role of the school supervisor has changed drastically from the humble beginnings of Americas schools Our public school system has gone through many different stages of development Likewise our educational supervisors have evolved as well Need for the Study Since our public school system has gone through so many changes and continues to do so a clear
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