ERIC Number: ED335790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Are "Field-Based" Programs the Answer to the Reform of Administrator Preparation Programs?
Daresh, John C.
The value of field experience in administrator preparation programs is assessed in this paper, which examines commonly held beliefs about field experience. The following values of field experience--that it assesses career commitment, refines school goals, provides practice in real settings, and develops personal and professional competence--are disputed. Commonly held assumptions are also examined, which view field-based programs as examples of clinical experience, as natural complements to university courses, as part of a finite activity, as valuable in administrator preparation, and as the cure for administrator training. A three-dimensional model based on academic preparation, field-based learning, and professional formation is suggested. Professional formation is a process that synthesizes learning sources and provides a link between theory and practice. The recommendation is made for adding a professional formation component to field-based practice. (20 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1988).