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SuperVision and Instructional Leadership: A Developmental Approach, CourseSmart eTextbook, 8th Edition

By Carl D. Glickman, Stephen P. Gordon, Jovita M. Ross-Gordon

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 10, 2009

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This ground-breaking text in instructional leadership and supervision continues to challenge and reshape the conventional purposes, practices, structure, and language of supervision.


The text's emphasis on school culture, teachers as adult learners, developmental leadership, democratic education, and collegial supervision has helped redefine the meaning of supervision and instructional leadership for both scholars and practitioners. This Eighth Edition continues the book's trend-setting tradition by placing instructional leadership and school improvement within a community and societal context; providing new examples of direct assistance, professional development, and action research; and presenting three new chapters: “Facilitating Change," "Addressing Diversity," and "Building Community."


Building on the success of previous editions, the Eighth Edition addresses hot issues such as school improvement, constructivist teaching, professional development, Chaos Theory, and state-mandated standards. This is a resource that students purchase, use in class, and reference throughout their careers as education leaders.

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with “Exercises,” “References,” and “Suggested Readings.”





1. SuperVision for Successful Schools.

SuperVision: A New Name for a New Paradigm.
Supervisory Glue as a Metaphor for Success.
Who Is Responsible for SuperVision?
Organization of This Book.
Supervision and Moral Purpose.

Practitioner Reflection: When is Collegiality Real?



2. The Norm: Why Schools Are as They Are.

The Work Environment or Culture of Schools.
The Legacy of the One-Room Schoolhouse.
Blaming the Victim and Structural Strain.

Viewing School Culture in the Context of the Larger Culture.
To Qualify, Summarize, and Propose.

3. The Exception: What Schools Can Be.

Background to School Effectiveness Studies.
Early Effective Schools Research.
The Second Wave of Effective Schools Research.
Context Studies in Effective Schools Research.
Has Effective Schools Research Outlived Its Usefulness?
The Legacy of Effective Schools Research.
From Effective Schools to School Improvement.
A Cause Beyond Oneself.

Connecting School Improvement to the Local Community and Larger Society.

What to Do with Successful Schools Research: Some Propositions.

4. Adult and Teacher Development within the Context of the School: Clues for Supervisory Practice.

Adults as Learners.
Adult and Teacher Development.
Developmental Theories of Motivation and Teacher Development.
Development: Ebb and Flow.


5. Reflections on Schools, Teaching, and Supervision.

Effective Teaching Research: A Historical Perspective.
Cautions Concerning Effective Teaching Research.
The Coast of Britain.
Effective and Good Schools: The Same?
Changing Views: New Emphasis on Constructivist Teaching and Learning.
Instructional Improvement and Effective Teaching.
Beliefs about Education.
Supervision Beliefs.
Supervisory Platform as Related to Educational Philosophy.
Checking Your Own Educational Philosophy and Supervisory Beliefs.
What Does Your Belief Mean in Terms of Supervisor and Teacher Responsibility?
The Authors' Supervisory Platform.
Summary, Conclusions, and Propositions.



6. Supervisory Behavior Continuum: Know Thyself.

Outcomes of Conference.
Valid Assessment of Self.
Johari Window.
Cognitive Dissonance.

Comparing Self-Perceptions with Other Perceptions.
Summary, Conclusions, and Preview.

7. Developmental Supervision: An Introduction.

Case Study One.
Case Study Two.
Case Study Three.
Case Study Four.
Developmental Supervision.
Summary and a Look Ahead.

8. Directive Control Behaviors.

Directive Continum of Behaviors. 
A History of Overreliance on Control.
Issues in Directive Control.
When to Use Directive Control Behaviors.
Moving from Directive Control toward Directive Informational Behaviors.

9. Directive Informational Behaviors.

Directive Continum of Behaviors.

Comparing Directive Control and Directive Informational Statements.
Issues in the Directive Informational Approach.
When to Use Directive Informational Behaviors.
Moving from Directive Informational toward Collaborative Behaviors.

Practitioner Reflection: The Lesson Plan (by Julie N. Diehl)


10. Collaborative Behaviors.

Collaborative Continum of Behaviors.
Collaborative Behaviors with Groups.
Issues in Collaborative Supervision.
When to Use Collaborative Behaviors.
Moving from Collaborative toward Nondirective Behaviors.
Collaboration and Cooperation.

11. Nondirective Behaviors.

Nondirective Continum of Behaviors. 
Initiating Nondirective Supervision.
Nondirective, Not Laissez Faire, Supervision.
Issues with Nondirective Supervision.
When to Use Nondirective Behaviors.
Nondirective Supervision, Teacher Collaboration.

Practitioner Reflection: A Nondirective Approach as I’m Developing (by Lynn M. Rasmussen)

12. Developmental Supervision: Theory and Practice.

Rationale for Developmental Supervision.
Applying Developmental Supervision.
Not Algorithms, But Guideposts for Decisions.



13. Assessing and Planning Skills.

Personal Plans.
Assessing Time.
Changing Time Allocations: Planning.
Assessing and Planning within the Organization.
Ways of Assessing Needs.
Analyzing Organizational Needs.
Models Combining Assessment and Planning.
Strategic Planning.
Planning: To What Extent?

14. Observing Skills.

Formative Observation Instruments Are Not Summative Evaluation Instruments.
Ways of Describing.
Quantitative Observations.
Quantitative and Qualitative Instruments.
Qualitative Observations.
Tailored Observation Systems.
Types and Purposes of Observations.
Further Cautions When Using Observations.

15. Research and Evaluation Skills.

Alternative Approaches to Research and Evaluation.
Key Decisions in the Evaluation Process.
Evidence of Program Outcomes.
Overall Instructional Program Evaluation.
Other Considerations for Evaluation.
Teacher Evaluation.



16. Direct Assistance to Teachers.

Clinical Supervision.
Comparing Clinical Supervision with Teacher Evaluation.
Integrating Clinical Supervision and Developmental Supervision.
Peer Coaching.
Other Forms of Direct Assistance.
Establishing Procedures for Direct Assistance.
Developmental Considerations in Direct Assistance.

17. Group Development.

Dimensions of an Effective Group.
Group Member Roles.
Applying Developmental Supervision of Groups.
Dealing with Dysfunctional Members.
Resolving Conflict.
Preparing for Group Meetings.
Procedures for Large-Group Involvement.

Practitioner Reflection: Working Toward the Big Picture (by Susan Maxey)

18. Professional Development.

Why the Need for Professional Development?
Characteristics of Successful Professional Development Programs.
Integrating Schoolwide, Group, and Individual Professional Development.
Alternative Professional Development Formats.
Examples of Effective Professional Development Programs.
Stages of Professional Development.
Matching Professional Development to Teacher Characteristics.
The Nuts and Bolts.
Teachers as Objects or Agents in Professional Development.

Practitioner Reflection: Professional Development as Time Will Spent (by Cheyl Granade Sullivan)

19. Curriculum Development.

Sources of Curriculum Development.
Teacher-Proof Curriculum.

Curriculum Development as a Vehicle for Enhancing Collective Thinking About Instruction.
What Should Be the Purpose of the Curriculum?
What Should Be the Content of the Curriculum?
How Should the Curriculum Be Organized?
In What Format Should the Curriculum Be Written?
Curriculum Format as Reflective of Choice Given to Teachers.
Relationship of Curriculum Purpose, Content, Organization, and Format.
Levels of Teacher Involvement in Curriculum Development.
Integrating Curriculum Format with Developers and Levels of Development.
Matching Curriculum Development with Teacher Development.

20. Action Research: The School as the Center of Inquiry.

Action Research: The Concept.
How Is Action Research Conducted?
A Developmental Approach to Action Research.
Decisions about Action Research.
Action Research: Vehicle for a Cause beyond Oneself.
Examples of Action Research.
Action Research Leagues.
Shared Governance for Action Research. 

Examples of Shared Governance for Schoolwide Action Research.

Suggestions for Action Research.
Conclusion: Focus, Structure, and Time for Development.


VI. Cultural Tasks of Supervision


21. Facilitating Change

Chaos Theory

Postmodern Theory

Close to Home: Education Change Theory

Change at the Individual Level


22. Addressing Diversity

Achievement Gaps Among Economic, Racial, and Ethnic Groups

A Society or School Problem?

Cultural Clashes

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally Responsive Schools

Gender Equity

Equity for Sexual Minorities

Overarching Patterns

Connecting the Technical Tasks of Supervision to Cultural Responsiveness


23. Building Community

Democratic Community

Moral Community

Professional Learning Community

Community of Inquiry

Engagement with the Larger Community

Five Attributes, One Community



Appendix A: What Is Your Educational Philosophy?

Appendix B: Review fo Interpersonal Behavior in Four Supervisory Appraoches.
Name Index.

Subject Index.

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