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ERIC Number: ED461931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Internships in Principal Preparation.
Williamson, Ronald; Hudson, Martha
A theme common to recommendations for change in school leader preparation is that preparation be grounded in practice and include field-based experience or internship. Despite recognition for reform, substantial change has been slow to emerge. This study was conducted in North Carolina in 1995 to assess revised leadership preparation programs established by the state. Despite standards revisions, many problems remain in actual practice. Examples include interns being seen as part of school staff or ignored, inability to afford full-time internship, nonconstructive relationships between mentors and interns, and assignments to irrelevant duties. Having access to a quality principal who is also a good mentor is key to having a successful internship. A good mentor is willing to give the intern real and significant responsibilities, the opportunity to try without risk of reproach, time for constructive feedback and processing of those experiences, and understanding of "inside stories" and thinking that underlie administrative decisions and actions. The internship experience can be strengthened when universities and local school districts enter into partnerships that acknowledge the realities and complexities of the principal's job and stay focused on successful teaching and learning for all students. (Contains 35 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina