ERIC Number: ED332286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Learning To Lead: Reflective Practice in Preservice Education.
Hart, Ann Weaver; And Others
Results of a study of a pilot program exploring the application of reflective practice to educational administration are reported in this paper. The program goal was to create a design studio for the development of reflective practice among educational administration students. To accomplish this goal, the design studio provided explicit instruction and experience in applying theoretical, empirical, and experiential knowledge to practical problems. Expert practitioners coached students through the processes of problem solving and definition as they developed action plans. This process of cognitive coaching focused on school problems rather than on traditional subjects of study. Six coaches who were practicing school administrators were selected from the faculty of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Utah to supervise graduate students enrolled in a seminar on the principalship. Program evaluation involved document analysis, participant observation, exit interviews with students and coaches, and review panel assessments. Findings demonstrate the need for coaches' training and practice in reflective and inductive questioning, fixed prerequisites for a student-focused design studio, continuous program evaluation, and provision of specific learning cases. (30 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Leadership, Leadership Training, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Management Development, Professional Education, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Pittsburgh, PA, October 26-28, 1990).