ERIC Number: ED448511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The AASA Professor, Summer 1998.
Dembowski, Frederick L., Ed.
AASA Professor, v22 n1 spec iss Sum 1998
This special serial issue discusses a controversial article on university school-administration programs. The issue opens with an abridged edition of the article written for the "Phi Delta Kappan" which argues that what little evidence there is on educational administration graduate programs' efficacy indicates that such training is ineffectual. The article focuses on whether graduate training improves principal performance and whether principals even need graduate training. Responses to the article immediately follow and encompass a wide range of opinions. The first response states that the university training of school leaders is not the only option and that graduates of such programs enter with low expectations anyway and are not surprised to learn that their training lacks application to school leadership. The next article continues this vein, stating that the bashing of educational-administration programs is an old sport and that the idea that administrative work should relate to school outcomes is not new. It asserts that professors of educational administration should connect the preparation of school leaders to the practice of school leadership. Other responses focus on variables beyond the control of education professors, as well as those they do control, weaknesses in the research driving the critique, and suggested directions for future preparation courses. (RJM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
Note: Published quarterly.