ERIC Number: ED433620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
The Quest for a Center: Notes on the State of the Profession of Educational Leadership.
This paper examines changes in school administration over the past 15 years. Five sections explore the ferment in educational administration and focus on the causes of unrest in the field. It looks at key markers on the path to reform in the academic arm of the profession; major changes in the profession, in general, and in the way school leaders are educated, in particular; and developments in the field and in reform work. The text highlights three issues: (1) Educational administration's relatively short history gives reason for hope; (2) the evolving new core for school administration is that it does not necessitate revolutionary change in the profession; and (3) the best way to develop confidence in a system is to see how effectual it is in practice. The field has been marked with considerable energy, but rather than leading to a consensus, the efforts have lead to fragmentation. The paper claims that the profession needs a center or core, and it offers an array of strategies that have given meaning to the profession over time. It concludes that a collective attack employing the full assortment of methods of understanding school administration will more likely lead to increased paradigm enlargement than to professional coherence. (Contains approximately 250 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).