ERIC Number: ED465227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Issues Related to the Effects of Cohorts on Learners.
Browne-Ferrigno, Tricia; Muth, Rodney
Over the past decade, many university-based administrator-preparation programs have evolved into curricula delivered through cohorts of about 20 to 25 students. However, little evidence exists about the long-term effect of cohort experience on aspiring principals' future professional practice. Anecdotal evidence suggests that students in cohorts experience a greater sense of inclusiveness, more opportunities for collaboration and professional networking, and enhanced academic performance than in previous higher educational experiences. Impediments that can impede learning, however, include collusion, negative group climate and norms, assumed or assigned roles of team members, and communication and problem-solving styles. Strategies for creating effective cohorts involve creating an environment in which participants acknowledge the mutual risk, and establish the sense of safety in facing the risk, of presenting new ideas and views. Educators need to be aware of psychological baggage that adult students can bring with them and take necessary steps to diminish any negative influences that can impact learning. Further research needs to be done to determine how effective the cohort experience is in transferring knowledge gained into professional practice, what types of measures should be used to determine this and other factors, and what type of database should be used. (Contains 44 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; 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).