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ERIC Number: ED359596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 23
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Concerns and Development of Cohort Administrators: Foci and Stages.
Roberts, Jo
Findings of a study that examined the concerns and professional development of beginning principals who participated in an administrator-preparation program are presented in this paper. The Leadership Enhancement and Development program (LEAD) is collaboratively developed and delivered by the University of Georgia and Gwinnett County schools. Methodology involved a survey of 53 program participants from four cohorts (from 1988-1991) and interviews with the 16 fourth-year participants now in leadership positions. Findings indicate that the cohort-prepared principals shared typical concerns and related developmental stages, both influenced somewhat by the cohort and special selection nature of the experience. The professional focus of the new educational leaders moved from administrative and management problems to people and pathology-of-schools issues, and finally to instruction and planning issues. Their time expenditures and mental focus developed within 3 years in the following stages--survival, control, routinization, educational leadership, and professional actualization. Recommendations are made for administrator preparation programs to increase awareness of the early career-concern pattern, to include guided field experiences and mentorships between new and successful principals, and to structure programs that take advantage of professional linkages. Two figures are included. (Contains 18 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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