ERIC Number: ED347617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Based Learning for Administrators.
Bridges, Edwin M.
In the Prospective Principals' Program at Stanford University, students are engaged in problem-based learning (PBL), a cooperative, small-group approach providing opportunities to resolve problems likely to confront real-world professionals. To illustrate PBL's background and rationale, chapter 1 briefly describes how the topic of teacher selection might be introduced using traditional, case-method, and PBL approaches. Chapter 2 focuses on the students' role and how instructors can minimize the frustration and difficulties students experience in Stanford's PBL curriculum. Chapter 3 describes a field test of the teacher selection project, focusing on valuable lessons for student and instructor. Chapter 4 explains the instructor's role in PBL and how to deal with potential challenges arising while implementing a PBL project. The fifth chapter contains six student essays to illustrate what students report learning about leadership and various administrative skills. Chapter 6 describes possible obstacles hindering PBL implementation and outlines a strategy for overcoming these impediments. The last chapter focuses on future challenges, including explicating student-centered learning, facilitating administrators' lifelong learning, conducting research on PBL effectiveness, and exploring other PBL contexts for educating administrators. Appendices provide a description of Stanford's PBL program, samples of problem-stimulated learning projects, and a project checklist. (50 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Masters Programs, Motivation, Principals, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Program Implementation, Student Role, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Stanford University CA
Note: Volume prepared with the assistance of Philip Hallinger.