ERIC Number: ED385005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
A Case Study Evaluation of the Reflective Process in a Preparation Program for Educational Administrators.
Zigler, Ted A.
This paper presents findings of a case study that examined the reflective process in an educational-administration preparation program. Data were gathered from interviews with students enrolled in the program and analysis of their journals and classroom discussions. The Administrator Development Academy (ADA) is a 6-week preservice program designed to recruit talented teachers who might be interested in an administrative career, provide them with a knowledge base and communication skills, and promote the adult development of the subjects. The program is based on the concepts of adult learning and is a very experiential learning program. Students reported that they found the concept of reflection difficult to grasp in the early stages of the course. However, most experienced gradual acceptance and an understanding of the process by the end of 6 weeks. Most of the subjects felt that personal reflection came to be very important to them, and they enjoyed the time devoted to the process. It seems that an administrative knowledge base is needed as well as a general education base of experiences, and as this base is built and expanded, the cognitive structures can be changed--and thus the patterns of thinking of oneself with one's environment. Valuable program tools included guided reflection, trust-building for effective group reflection, the use of standard diagnostic instruments for feedback, and the writing of philosophy statements before and after the course and weekly journals. One figure and a sample reflection log and self-evaluation matrix are included. Contains 18 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 12-15, 1994).