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ERIC Number: ED356565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 103
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Preparation of Education Administrators in the State of California.
Clark, Karen Lee
Increasing demands on educational administrators have made it essential to assess the programs that prepare them for their positions. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has identified essential school administrator skills. A study of California school administrators gauged how well preparation programs readied them for school administration. Fifteen hundred surveys were mailed at random to administrators; of this total 477 were returned, and of those, 300 were returned by elementary administrators, 82 by middle/junior high administrators, and 95 by administrators of high schools. The surveys covered several areas of educational administration: leadership, educational improvement, personnel, school-community relations, legal and financial matters, governance and politics, school management, organizational issues, instructional leadership, evaluation, professional and staff development, school law and political relations, fiscal management, human and material resources management, and cultural and socioeconomic diversity. Only the surveys returned from elementary school administrators were judged statistically valid. Administrators felt best prepared in the legal framework of American education and public schools, and financing public schools. Administrators felt least prepared in special program funding and laws, adult education, meeting limited- English-proficient student needs, building and materials planning, and computer technology. The majority of administrators also felt that university faculty who are also practicing administrators in public schools were best suited to teach administrator education programs. A sample survey is appended. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California