ERIC Number: ED291129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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Support for Clinical Experiences in Educational Administration Preparation Programs.
Achilles, C. M.
School administration is an applied field requiring synthesis of ideas from diverse sources and application of these ideas in skillful practice. Administrator preparation programs must include opportunities for new administrators to practice their craft in nonthreatening environments and share experiences with peers while being supervised by recognized experts. This paper attempts to (1) identify ways to provide opportunities for clinical practice in administrator preparation programs and (2) stimulate others to consider innovative ways to support these expensive, but necessary experiential components. After defining various categories of commitment (institutional, local education agency, personal, professional, and societal), the paper explores possible sources of support linked to these categories. For example, the institution offering the preparation program has considerable responsibility for building a strong clinical program through adequate budgeting, contracts and partnerships with local school systems, generation of new funding, and other means. Local education agencies can express commitment by reserving funding to fill a few teaching and central office positions through rotating internships. Individuals might seek specific internship experience before entering a preparation program, defer part of their normal vacation time, or attend annual meetings of professional associations as part of their clinical program. Numerous suggestions are also provided for professors, academic departments, and external agencies committed to clinical practice for administrators. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council on Educational Administration (Charlottesville, VA, October 30-November 1, 1987).