ERIC Number: ED354610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Academics in the Preparation of Educational Leaders: Four Years of Action Research.
Schmuck, Richard A.
OSSC Report, v33 n2 p1-10 Win 1992
This document describes the outcomes of a 2-year experimental administrator preparation program implemented in Oregon in 1988. The first year of the program consisted of seven weekend institutes that focused on administrative skills and contemporary concepts of instructional leadership. The following summer, participants took four school management courses and participated in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Assessment Center program, a field-based mentoring experience, and five seminars for the mentoring pairs. Four evaluation substudies found that: (1) most participants were capable of articulating a coherent leadership philosophy and applied the skills learned during their mentorship; (2) participants in the experimental program had more favorable attitudes toward their training program and a deeper understanding of leadership than did their traditional program counterparts; (3) experimental participants were much more successful in procuring administrative positions than were their traditional counterparts; and (4) most experimental participants negotiated their first year quite successfully. It is recommended that other colleges of education try out the following program elements: selecting outstanding teacher-leaders for principal preparation; preparing trainees in cohorts; establishing a balance in the curriculum between instructional leadership and school management; employing a professor-administrator team to teach each leadership institute; using the NASSP Assessment Center before participants begin their internships; requiring half-time internships with mentors; and maintaining a supportive peer network during and after the program. Four tables are included. (Contains 13 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Management Development, Mentors, Principals, School Administration
Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 ($6 prepaid; $3 postage and handling on billed orders).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon