ERIC Number: ED159779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Field Based Preparation: Some Underlying Concerns.
McCleary, Lloyd E.; Wanaski, George
CCBC Notebook, v7 n4 p2-8 Jul 1978
For field based training for prospective school administrators to be effective, several of its underlying conditions must be examined. First, because of so many constraints on their time, principals are not really able to assume the part expected of them in the field based training of new administrators. Second, many trainees approach formal preparation with little enthusiasm. Many have already been identified by their districts for administrative positions and view getting mandated certification as a necessary inconvenience. Third, the study of educational administration now embodies a split between theory and practice. Instead, trainees should be educated concerning how educational theory can be used to solve practical problems. Solving practical problems necessitates developing, adapting, testing, refining, and retesting procedures and products. This is the sort of activity usually described as research and development (R and D). If trainees apply an R and D approach to problems in the field, their presence, instead of sapping precious time from principals, will facilitate the solving of principals' everyday problems. Finally, professors of educational administration must not be mere "knowledge builders" or mere "trainers." Instead, they too must be developers of the type responsible for R and D work. This role of developer includes orientation, communication, adaptation, and training. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: CFK, Ltd., Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City. Dept. of Educational Administration.
Note: Paper prepared for presentation at meetings of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration Interest Group on Program Development