chapter  1
The Instructional Supervisor as a Cultural Guide and Other Not So Obvious Roles
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Like teaching itself, instructional supervision lacks an agreed upon definition. The most common and least controversial definition is ‘the improvement of instruction’ (Weller 1971:5).1 However, since there is no agreed upon definition of ‘instruction’, this definition of supervision isn’t of much help. Weller identified three functions of the supervisor: the counseling function, the teaching function and the training function (1971:7-15). In this chapter, I suggest that an anthropologically-informed examination of supervisors and supervision would reveal other functions as well.