ERIC Number: ED201033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of the Use of Assessment Centers to Select and Develop Principals.
Geering, Adrian D.
This document considers several aspects of the use of assessment centers for the evaluation of school principals. Citing the literature, the document defines the assessment center concept, and describes the operation of a typical four-day assessment program. The paper also recounts efforts to ascertain the reliability of assessment results, comments on some of the relative cost factors involved in operation of assessment centers, and presents a brief history of the assessment center concept. The author finds the research on use of assessment centers in selecting school administrators sketchy, but points out that the literature reveals a growing use of assessment center data for professional development purposes. The document states that while the school principal's role can be conceptualized in terms of a task component (what must be done) and a style component (how it should be done), assessment centers have typically focused on the style component and have provided incomplete information as a result. Typical parameters used for assessment of school administrators are listed. The document concludes that research is necessary, but that even with their present limitations assessment centers provide a viable means for assessing and improving the effectiveness of school administrators. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assessment Centers