ERIC Number: ED390805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Internships/Mentorships for First-Year Principals: Implications for Administrative Certification and Graduate Program Design.
Jean, Ernest W.; Evans, Roberta D.
This study was designed to examine the effectiveness of one element in the academic preparation of school administrators in Montana: the administrative internship. The paper begins with a review of relevant studies. As school districts demand more skills and abilities of administrators, especially in the techniques of collaboration and communication rather than just knowledge of more traditional administrative tasks, internships in school administration have become increasingly popular. This study was designed to investigate whether Montana's first-year principals with internship experience are better prepared for their work than first-year principals without internship experience. The sample was comprised of 30 Montana first-year principals and their superintendents. Findings from the survey suggested the following conclusions: first-year principals with internship experience are significantly more confident that they are well prepared for their jobs; principals with internship experience feel significantly better prepared in tasks most critical to schools (e.g., supervision and evaluation of teachers, team building, communication facilitating, etc.); these leadership tasks require coaching and mentoring (via internships); some leadership behaviors and skills are learned more effectively through modeling; superintendents express high levels of preparation of internships in graduate programs but vary in their views of certification. Based upon the results of the research, three recommendations are offered: (1) administrative internships should receive academic focus at both Montana universities with programs in educational administration; (2) while widespread support for requiring administrative internship for certification is uncertain at this time, it appears to be an issue of increasing interest among superintendents; and (3) graduate students in educational administration should include an internship as part of their degree programs. Survey forms are included in appendices. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Board of Education, Helena.
Identifiers - Location: Montana