ERIC Number: ED344307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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Practitioners as Case Researchers and Writers.
Reed, Donald B.; Hannaford, Marion E.
The effect of an educational administration course at Washington State University on graduate students' acquisition of research skills and knowledge base is explored in this paper. The first part discusses the need for student-conducted case studies in educational administration. The second part describes how the course provides students with research experience through their conducting case studies of practicing educational administrators. The third part describes the impact of conducting case studies on students in terms of knowledge gained in the research process and the role under study. A survey of 44 students enrolled during 1988-90 elicited 39 returns, an approximately 87 percent response rate. Findings indicate that the degree of satisfaction with the program and course correlated positively with the degree of knowledge gained. Students gained the same level of knowledge despite differences in educational aspirations, gender, and session of enrollment. Gains include knowledge that was realized after completion of the study and the development of important research skills. Limitations include time constraints and case study as a partial solution to problems in educational administrator preparation. The appendix includes a list of leadership case studies conducted from 1989-90 as well as the survey instrument. Ten figures are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Washington State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Baltimore, MD, October 25-27, 1991).