ERIC Number: ED294308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Preservice Preparation of American Educational Administrators: Retrospect and Prospect.
Daresh, John C.
This paper is a response to two recommendations for preservice training of school administrators proposed in the 1987 report of the National Commission on Excellence in Educational Administration: that greater attention be placed on discovering ways in which universities and local education agencies might collaborate more effectively in the preparation of educational administrators; and that administrative preparation programs include more opportunities for "clinical" approaches to learning. Accordingly, the status of administrator preparation in the United States is examined to determine the extent to which these potential improvements have been realized. The first part discusses existing barriers to collaboration between universities and local education agencies, including institutional territoriality, the absence of parity between partners, and the lack of staff time. After a brief discussion of attempts to increase clinical preparation, a tridimensional model of administrator preparation is presented. The three dimensions are academic preparation, field-based programs, and "professional formation." The latter conception refers to activities that help an aspiring administrator to synthesize his or her learnings through preservice mentoring, personal reflection, developing a personal educational "platform," understanding interpersonal styles, and personal professional development. The final section of the paper describes a recent program that incorporates many of these concepts, the Danforth Foundation Program for the Preparation of School Principals. Four pages of references are included. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the British Educational Management and Administration Society (Cardiff, Wales, April 1988).