ERIC Number: ED461179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Exceptional and Innovative Programs in Educational Leadership.
Jackson, Barbara L.
The history of graduate programs in educational leadership is relatively brief compared to other professional fields and the arts and sciences disciplines. This paper lists criticisms expressed by the National Commission on Excellence in Education Administration (NCEEA) bearing on program deficiencies, such as lack of a definition of good educational leadership and lack of collaboration between school districts and universities. It also lists NCEEA recommendations to all stakeholders involved in education, including having professors collaborate with administrators on reform in curricula for administrator preparation, and having universities fund and staff administrator preparation programs at a level that makes excellence possible. Review topics include patterns and themes of new or revised programs, the knowledge base needed for programs, accreditation standards, and the need for internship and clinical experiences. A series of programs are described--some supported by the Danforth Foundation and others that confer degrees. It would seem that change is taking place in school leadership preparation programs, but some commentators urge caution in assessing the change. Recent changes may be characterized more as incremental rather than dramatic and comprehensive. Points for continued discussion include program knowledge base, clinical experiences (internships), degrees conferred, instructional strategies, students, and faculty. (Contains 34 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Policy Board for Educational Administration, Fairfax, VA.; Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration.