ERIC Number: ED352730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The New Face of Principal Preparation.
Research Roundup, v9 n2 Win 1992-93
This publication reviews five information sources about new designs and recommendations for principal preparation programs. In "The Landscape of Leadership Preparation: Reframing the Education of School Administrators," Joseph Murphy examines the nature of current problems in administrator preparation. He argues that before they can draw sound conclusions about the nature of future administrator training programs reformers must possess three things: a comprehensive understanding of the history of preparation; a thorough grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of current programs; and a clear vision of the future of education, school, and leadership. In "The Principalship in an Era of Transformation," Joseph Murphy and Philip Hallinger use a macrolevel lens to analyze ways in which social, cultural, and political variables exert pressure for fundamental educational reform. They identify several forces currently influencing policy changes in schools, examining the impact each has on the principalship, before discussing implications for future preparation and professional development of principals. In "Developing the Strategic Thinking of Instructional Leaders," Philip Hallinger and C. E. McCary stress the importance of developing strategic thinking skills in aspiring principals. They present a problem-based learning (PBL) computer simulation that teaches students to think strategically about instructional leadership and school improvement. Next, Richard A. Schmuck describes a two-year experimental principal preparation project that combines cooperation and teamwork, institutes on instructional leadership, and internships with mentors in "Beyond Academics in the Preparation of Educational Leaders: Four Years of Action Research." And finally, in "Problem-Based Learning for Administrators," Edwin Bridges provides an informative account of his evolving understanding and application of problem-based learning in training school administrators. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Leadership Training, Management Development, Principals, Problem Solving, Professional Development
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50 prepaid; quantity discount).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.