ERIC Number: ED317905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Human Relations Skills in Administrator Training: A Counselor Education Perspective and Contribution.
Kelly, Eugene W., Jr.
The success of schools depends in large measure on the effectiveness of school administrators. A major component of administrator effectiveness is human relations skills. Over the past 20 years, a large and systematic body of knowledge and training methods in human relations skills has been developed in counselor education. Given the collegial proximity of counselor educators and administrator educators, counselor educators are in a favorable position to collaborate with administrative educators and make a substantial contribution to human relations skills development for school administrators. School administrators exercise an influential role not only in student learning but also in human development generally. While counselor educators are not experts in the field of educational administration, they nevertheless have counseling-specific expertise that is applicable to school administrators. By collaborating with administrator educators in the area of human relations skills, counselor educators may contribute substantially to the broader welfare of students and schools. Elements of a course based on these principles and entitled "Human Relations in Educational Management" are described in this paper. The elements concern: counseling perspective and school administration; scope and function of human relations in educational administration; education as an open human system and communication theory; interpersonal communication skills; power, cooperation, and organizational communication; and the human environment. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A