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ERIC Number: ED355667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 44
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Through the Lens of Human Resource Development: A Fresh Look at Professional Preparation Programs.
Weise, Kay R.
With the national focus on school improvement, universities are being asked to reevaluate graduate educational administration programs. In 1988, the University of Houston's Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies (ELCS) implemented a pilot program to experiment with a number of reform strategies. The Principals' Reflective, Experiential Preparation (PREP) program was a highly personalized, self-paced curriculum driven by diagnostic assessment data that identified individual values, beliefs, preferences, abilities, behaviors, and styles. This report examines the relationship between theory and real-life conditions in the PREP program. Document analysis and interviews with 29 people examined key program elements: philosophy and goals, nomination and selection, diagnostic assessment, individualized education plans, nontraditional course offerings, supplemental seminars, internships, mentorship, reflective practice, and cohort groups. Several changes were identified to facilitate reform in administrator education programs. Reform will require major policy changes, advance planning, cohort group utilization, innovation and tradition integration, a "school-within-a-school" approach, personalization, evaluation, cost-benefit analyses, power and authority realignment, collaboration, leadership and personal profiles, adult learning theory, and mentor programs. An outline of the PREP program is provided in an appendix. (Contains 23 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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