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ERIC Number: ED463275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Reshaping the Administration Internship through Research and Reflective Practice.
Osterman, Karen; Fishbein, Susan
In 1997, concurrent with their internships, nine administrative candidates, all women who differed in age, ethnicity, and school experience, participated in a research project focused on the structural, cultural, political, and symbolic differences that divide teachers and administrators. Through an ongoing series of individual interviews, focus group discussions, and journal entries, the pre-service administrators, participating as co-researchers, collected and shared observations of relationships they saw within their internships, discussing the messages that interns received about the relationship between teachers and administrators. This paper examines the research process as an exercise in reflective practice, illustrating its impact in connecting theory and practice in the internship. When interns entered the study, they were well aware of the gap between teachers and administrators, but by the time they finished the process, they had a far more detailed understanding of how that type of relationship developed. They clearly saw the difference between the formal theory they were studying and the informal theories that affected behavior in the workplace. By examining the assumptions and behaviors of others, they became very sensitive to their own practice and began to assess and modify their own behavior. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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