ERIC Number: ED395379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Lessons for Educational Leadership from Career Preparation in Law, Medicine, and Training for the Priesthood.
Daresh, John C.; Playko, Marsha A.
This paper explores three models of professional development--from medicine, law, and the Catholic priesthood--to assess the extent to which these approaches may improve the ways in which aspiring school administrators are prepared for their new positions. The review is based on an examination of research and literature in three areas: the needs of beginning principals; the nature of ongoing professional development for school administrators; and the preparation and inservice support available to physicians, attorneys, and Catholic priests. The paper concludes that the medical model (particularly, its internship program) and the legal model both adequately provide their students with technical skills, practical training, and socialization skills. However, preparation for the priesthood best addressed the development of self-awareness in its novices, particularly through mentoring relationships. The spiritual advisor, or mentor, is expected to help the future priest engage in ongoing and thoughtful review of personal values, ethical stances, moral frameworks, and personal commitment to religious and community life. Including a similar process in educational leadership preparation might be useful in helping beginning administrators come to terms with personal values and beliefs about their role. (Contains 17 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 American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).