ERIC Number: ED278170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Practicum in Preparing Educational Administrators: A Status Report.
Daresh, John C.
This paper reports on the current status of the practicum as an element in programs for training educational administrators. The paper notes first that the value of individuals learning their craft by spending time in the field is generally accepted. A review of the literature found relatively little material describing the nature of the assumptions and beliefs attached to the practicum. Despite periodic calls for increased experimental learning in educational administration, the literature base remains small. The paper next describes a study of the research base related to the educational administration practicum. Research completed between 1971 and 1984 was examined. Of over 1,100 dissertations and 350 journal articles found on the subject of practica for educators, only 40 dealt with field-based practica in educational administration. Most of the research was done for doctoral dissertations, used survey questionnaires, and was aimed at problem-solving rather than at theory-testing. The research usually sought to develop models for experiential learning, though some studies evaluated models and others looked at individual features of practica. The paper concludes that much research needs to be done, but that there is a reasonable base from which to develop new research efforts. (PGD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, February 25-March 1, 1987).