ERIC Number: ED328941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Journey toward Educational Leadership: Reflective Voyages of Four Teachers.
Playko, Marsha A.; Daresh, John C.
Recent research has suggested that administrator preparation programs based exclusively on university courses are not very effective. Individuals progressing through innovative programs allowing greater opportunities for reflection and collaborative school/university activities should be better prepared to deal with the complex issues facing future educational leaders. This paper reviews a recent study examining the personal and professional transition of four experienced classroom teachers who participated in experiential and reflective leadership programs sponsored by the Danforth Foundation and two different universities during the 1988-89 academic year. Each participant was interviewed three times during the year. Witnesses to the transitional process (teacher colleagues, mentor administrators, social friends, and family members) were also interviewed. Participants were asked to maintain logs of insights and feelings experienced during the program. All four teachers indicated that tremendous personal and professional growth had occurred as a result of participating in the program. Three participants were less inclined to seek formal administrative positions after participating in the program. However, all four were open to pursuing formal positions at some future time. All four reported a more positive view of administration and referred to themselves as leaders. Those that remained teachers are serving as team leaders, committee chairs, and assuming other leadership positions not previously open to them. (Five references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reflective Thinking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).