ERIC Number: ED387857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Exploring Cohorts: Effects on Principal Preparation and Leadership Practice.
Basom, Margaret; And Others
This paper examines the practice of using cohorts in administrator-preparation programs from conceptual and practical viewpoints. The first three sections describe the current state of affairs of cohort usage; the final section explores the potential of the cohort structure as a means for developing leaders committed to creating communities of learners. The paper begins with an overview of the characteristics of effective groups before examining how certain structures and delivery mechanisms help to develop cohorts into well-functioning groups. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cohorts give students a greater feeling of inclusiveness, promote collaboration, and enhance academic performance. Faculty are provided with opportunities for professional growth and improved student-faculty relationships. Although programs experience increased costs in planning and coordination, they gain from a supportive learning environment and information sharing. Educational systems benefit from increased intradepartmental cooperation and networking among universities and within school districts. The cohort structure can serve as a vehicle for a new leadership paradigm, facilitating the appraisal of personal value systems, appreciation of others' value systems, trust, commitment to group success, and cooperation. (Contains 30 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Collegiality, Cooperative Learning, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Dynamics, Group Experience, Group Instruction, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Higher Education, Organizational Development, Principals, Professional Development
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: N/A