ERIC Number: ED328964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Experiential Learning in a Nondoctoral Setting: Are the Needs of Preservice Principals Truly Being Fulfilled?
Smith, James M.
Outcomes of the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) at Butler University in Indiana, an alternative process for training preservice school administrators, are presented in this report. The study examines the differences in perceptions of program preparation experience, instructional preferences, and overall satisfaction between graduates of nontraditional and traditional educational administration programs. Questionnaires were administered to 124 out of 168 EPPSP graduates, a 74 percent response rate, and to 844 Mississippi administrators who graduated from traditional programs. With the exception of the content area dealing with financial management skills, the EPPSP graduates expressed the belief that each of the content areas was more strongly developed by their program than did traditional program graduates. Overall, EPPSP graduates perceived themselves as better prepared for their educational leadership roles than did traditional program graduates. The most frequently recommended instructional modes for administrator preparation programs included group process training, internships, and games and simulations. Appendices include copies of each questionnaire and related correspondence. (11 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Los Angeles, CA, August 12-17, 1990).