ERIC Number: ED242045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Field Based Preparation: Toward a Defensible Preparation Program.
McCleary, Lloyd E.
This paper examines the effectiveness of field-based preparation programs for school administrators. It reviews research in the field, pointing out that leadership, decision-making, and role performance have been the major interest areas. Outlining current theory in field-based program design, the author describes general systems theory as the most recent foundational formulation. The author groups problems and constraints in the field under three classifications: (1) quality of inputs, (2) feedback processes, and (3) the relationship of the university to the larger environment. A mix of instructional methodologies with appropriate materials is necessary for field-based training. In reviewing a list of concerns and problems in the field, the author notes that preparation in a professional field must include a bridge between preparation and practice. He believes that field-based programs, if well conceived and executed, fulfill this need. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: General Systems Theory