The best known book in the field, Supervision: A Redefinition is a research-based guide to the practice and philosophy of supervision. Practical applications are supported by a conception of supervision as moral agency, and the book continues to promote a redefinition of supervision from a traditional top-down hierarchy to a shared activity involving all stake-holders in the school--including teachers, administrators, and parents.
The eighth edition continues a thirty-plus year tradition of breaking new ground by reconsidering the field of supervision in response to changing school contexts, policies, and realities. The new edition shows even more clearly how the book's ideas can be used to help supervisors improve their effectiveness: practical suggestions abound.
Thomas J. Sergiovanni is Lillian Radford Professor of Education and Administration in Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He received his BS degree (1958) in elementary education from the State University of New York, Geneseo; his MA degree (1959) in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University; and his Ed.D. degree (1966), also in educational administration, from the University of Rochester. From 1958 to 1964, he was an elementary school teacher and science consultant in New York state and taught in the teacher education program at the State University of New York, Buffalo. In 1966, he began nineteen years on the educational administration faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he chaired the department for seven years. At Trinity University, Sergiovanni teaches in the school leadership program and in the five-year teacher education program. He is senior fellow at the Center for Educational Leadership and the founding director of the Trinity Principals' Center. A former associate editor of Educational Administration Quarterly, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, Teachers College Record, and Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. Among his recent books are Moral Leadership: Getting to the Heart of School Improvement (1992), Building Community in Schools (1994), The Principalship: A Reflective Practice Perspective (1995), Leadership for the Schoolhouse: How Is It Different? Why Is It Important? (1996), Rethinking Leadership (1999), and The Lifeworld of Leadership: Creating Culture, Community, and Personal Meaning in Our Schools (2000).
Robert J. Starratt is Professor and Program Director in Educational Administration at the School of Education of Boston College. He received his Masters degree in Philosophy from Boston College, his Masters degree in Education from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Illinois, specializing in administration and curriculum theory. He has written extensively about educational leadership and the process of change. His recent books include: The Drama of Schooling/The Schooling of Drama, The Drama of Leadership, Building an Ethical School, and Transforming Educational Administration.
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