ERIC Number: ED440458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Preparing Tomorrow's Principals: Meeting Emerging Challenges.
Williamson, Ronald D.; Hudson, Martha
This paper examines proposed changes in a principal-preparation program in a medium-sized state university. The report discusses the implications of national and state standards for school leaders on program quality, describes the design and initial implementation of a longitudinal study instituted to assess student perceptions of program value and usefulness, and seeks to generate a dialogue with colleagues interested in principal preparation. The article is based on a multiple-case study. In the pilot phase, data were gathered by asking students to complete a short survey providing demographic data and information about the value of their program. Then, selected students discussed their experiences in the program. Focus groups, student writings, program documents, and researcher reflection on program changes were also used to accumulate information. The study provided rich descriptive data regarding the experience of students, but these data were limited in that they could not be generalized to other programs--the data identified specific student perspectives on the value of selected administrator-preparation programs but were limited by the students' uniqueness. Future studies should explore the appropriate balance between theoretical issues of school leadership and the practical learning necessary for success as a school leader. (Contains 46 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; 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).