ERIC Number: ED457557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Selection or Self-Selection? How Rigorous Are Our Selection Criteria for Education Administration Preparation Programs?
Creighton, Theodore B.; Jones, Gary D.
This study is one of the first large-scale investigations of existing selection criteria and procedures in university principal-preparation programs. Over 450 university master's degree and principal-certification programs in education administration were reviewed. The results are discouraging. Except for a few bright spots revealing rigorous and quality selection procedures, the majority of university preparation programs utilize criteria neither remarkable nor characterized by validity and reliability. In a field (education administration) where great energy is expended to develop "best practices" and "innovative strategies" for schools and students, it is noteworthy that assumptions behind current selection criteria for principals and other administrators are underdeveloped and go unchallenged. If one wishes to improve practice in P-12 schools, an obvious place to start is study of innovative selection procedures within existing principal-preparation programs. The authors of this study believe that one of the most important steps a university can take to positively impact education is to better identify appropriate candidates for these programs. Appendix A contains an example audition scenario in an education administration preparation program, discussion of its relevance, and an Irate Parent Call Assessment Form with comments. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Houston, TX, August 7-11, 2001).