ERIC Number: ED365702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Formative Portfolio Assessment, Reflective Practice, and Cognitive Coaching into Preservice Preparation.
Geltner, Beverley B.
An innovative approach to the preparation of school administrators is described in which instructor and student come together in a learning situation that integrates three core components: (1) formative portfolio assessment; (2) reflective practice; and (3) cognitive apprenticeship. The operation and impact of this approach are illustrated through its implementation in a graduate administrator preparation program at Oakland University in Rochester (Michigan) involving 17 students in 3 cohort teams. Qualitative ethnographic research methods were used to document the experiences of these graduate students in the cognitive coaching process, with a focus on the contents of their formative professional development portfolios and their accompanying reflective papers. Analysis of the data revealed deepening understanding, creation of meaning, and integration of metacognitive analysis, as well as enhanced linkage of theory and practice. Students became more open to exploration of complex problems of practice and reaffirmed themselves as developing leaders. Appendixes contain sample portfolio documentation and a list of proficiencies of the effective principal. (Contains 15 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Cohort Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnography, Formative Evaluation, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Leadership, Metacognition, Portfolios (Background Materials), Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, School Administration, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Apprenticeships; Oakland University MI; Reflective Practice
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration (Houston, TX, October 1993).