ERIC Number: ED330113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
The Administrative Internship: Effective Program Characteristics.
Chance, Edward W.
This paper reviews the characteristics of effective internship field experience and programs. The internship serves an important function in preparing educational administrators, as it bridges the gap between classroom practice and professional practice. Although the internship has been an integral component of many administrator preparation programs for years, data on program design and impact on future administrators are somewhat limited. While several program designs are possible, this paper concludes that administrative internships should include the following objectives: (1) to develop understanding of various leadership theories and options and human responses to them; (2) to develop a general understanding of different school and district organizational structures, procedures, and operations; (3) to develop specific knowledge in systems administration theories; (4) to provide diverse educational administration experiences; (5) to provide experience in management strategies, curriculum development, budget preparation, leadership development, and building/district operations; (6) to provide specific experience in programmatic and personnel evaluation; and (7) to help individual visions of school mission and specific strategies for communicating and actualizing these visions. Effective internships address the intern's strengths, weaknesses, knowledge base, and interpersonal skills; the internship site; the site and university supervisors' abilities and values; and the programmatic objectives. (14 references) (MLH/Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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).