ERIC Number: ED466466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-1
Benefits of Educational Leadership Preparation to Teachers and Schools.
Richardson, Lystra M.
This study examined the extent to which preparation in the educational leadership program at Southern Connecticut State University benefited graduates in carrying out their responsibilities as teachers. The sample consisted of program graduates from 1995-00 who had not assumed administrative roles but instead remained as teachers. Participants completed surveys that examined demographics and professional responsibilities. They also wrote in items indicating two additional ways in which their training in educational leadership had benefited them in their roles as teachers and whether they would recommend preparation in educational leadership for teachers who do not plan to become administrators. Results revealed several areas in which teachers used their training in educational leadership to carry out their responsibilities as teachers. These areas included reflection, collaboration, and leadership. Teachers were specific about the ways in which they utilized their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in their present role. Most said they would recommend educational leadership preparation for teachers who do not plan to become administrators because it would help them see the big picture, improve their teaching, keep them current, improve communication skills, and promote teacher leadership. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).