ERIC Number: ED465225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Becoming a Principal: Role Transformation through Clinical Practice.
Browne-Ferrigno, Tricia; Muth, Rodney
This paper discusses two important elements in the preparation of K-12 school leaders: (1) role transformation through clinical practice during administrator preparation programs; and (2) reconceptualization of traditional internship experiences to enhance role transformation. Data analyzed for this study originally were collected in doctoral studies of cohort learning, socialization, and leadership preparation. Data sources include students' responses to reflective writing prompts, pre- and post-surveys, and interview questions. Students in this comparison study were enrolled in three different closed cohorts within an educational leadership development program at one urban university. Findings suggest that readiness to assume a principalship following completion of an administrator preparation program depends upon: (1) an individual's prior leadership opportunities and experiences within K-12 education; (2) encouragement from and mentoring by practicing principals; and (3) personal issues such as family responsibilities and career goals. Two important implications, namely, that educational administration preparation programs need to decrease reliance on traditional course- and campus-based preparation models and focus squarely on problems of practice in schools, are discussed. (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 University Council for Educational Administration (15th, Cincinnati, OH, November 2-4, 2001).