ERIC Number: ED249618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Educational Administrators for the Year 2000 and Beyond.
Lindahl, Ronald A.
The current rate of technological change demands changes in the ways educational administrators are trained. On one hand, administrators need more systematic inservice programs to update their skills and they themselves must provide their staffs improved inservice training. On the other hand, increasing specialization precludes administrators from mastering all the activities they manage; preservice education must therefore ground them in the fundamentals of learning theory, pedagogy, communication, and leadership, but most importantly, teach them how to learn. Accompanying these changes, the accelerating pace of life and increasing transience will affect schools' counseling services, organizational dynamics, and employment practices; telecommunications will alter the physical and social structures of both work and learning; and job obsolescence, particularly affecting unskilled workers, will increase pressures for more effective schooling. Obviously there is no simple answer to this challenge, but two concepts combine to provide a general model for administrator education. The first of these identifies fundamentals of management: systems theory, decision theory, understanding of group and individual behavior, and distilled managing experience. The second describes foundations of curriculum development. These concepts can guide a cohesive and articulated program to prepare administrators for the 21st century. (MCG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Las Vegas, NV, February 18-22, 1984).