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ERIC Number: ED387858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
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Using Cohorts in the Development of Educational Leaders.
Yerkes, Diane M.; And Others
The cohort concept has recently been reconsidered in response to pressures for reform in school-leadership preparation programs. A cohort is defined as a group of students who engage in a program of studies together. Surveys sent to 37 institutions across the United States that use cohort models in their administrator-preparation courses elicited 23 returns. Ninety-six percent reported that they had fully implemented the cohort concept in their programs. Many of the responding institutions used instructional strategies that encouraged the development of student responsibility for learning the development of common purpose. Faculty had developed varied activities to stimulate meaningful social interaction. Most of the cohort programs used a variety of self-assessment and diagnostic inventories and emphasized individual and group development. In anecdotal reports, students report a sense of belonging, new opportunities for collaboration and networking, a sense of professional confidence, and improved reflective-thinking abilities. Faculty reactions are mixed; however, some faculty report that teaching cohorts provides them with opportunities for collaboration with colleagues, new instructional techniques, closer student-faculty relationships, and ultimately improved academic and professional guidance for students. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Association of Management (13th, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August 1995).