ERIC Number: ED290201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
Revamping the Preparation of School Administrators.
Forsyth, Patrick B.
This presentation highlights and discusses the recommendations made by the National Commission on Excellence in Educational Administration in its report "The Restructuring of a National Understanding of Requirements for Educational Leadership of the Future." The revamping of administrator preparation is said to be essential because current preparation is nearly irrelevant to practice and unresponsive to public demand for a more effective educational system. Three ideas in the report are cited as significant for reform of administrator education: (1) teachers are preeminent, and administrators' roles must change to grant teachers greater authority; (2) administrator preparation should be housed in professional schools rather than in colleges of arts and sciences; (3) preparation programs should be responsive to the concerns of both the profession and the university. Courses of study should therefore be organized around problems and principles of best practice rather than around academic and research specialties of sociologists and psychologists. The preparation program should take individuals from the theoretical study of learning, teaching, organizations, and people through clinical studies to guided practice, and ultimately to independent practice. Most of the recommended adjustments have to do with building and incorporating a knowledge base of administrative practice and formalizing rigorous clinical experiences as part of administrator preparation. (TE)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Qualifications, Doctoral Programs, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Professional Development, Professional Education, Research Utilization, Schools of Education, Specialist in Education Degrees, Teacher Educator Education, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (Albuquerque, NM, November 18, 1987).