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ERIC Number: ED470754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Aspiring Administrators: Promoting Reflective Leadership Practices.
Edmonson, Stacey; Fisher, Alice
With the emphasis on standards in education, maintaining an educational program that meets these standards and is yet fulfilling and meaningful to future educational professionals can be challenging. The faculty at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is implementing such a program through the use of reflective practice. Reflectivity, in this context, can be defined as focused meditation and has been recommended as a worthwhile skill for professionals to develop. At SHSU, the use of reflection writing is encouraged in all courses. Using reflections in coursework allows students to internalize their learning. It also causes them to realize how the content presented in class is relevant to their role as school administrator. They must not only describe what they have learned in assignments and examinations, but also apply that knowledge in reflecting how this learning affects them. All students must turn in a portfolio as a graduation requirement that must contain an activity from their coursework and a corresponding reflection. Such reflective practice allows university professors to see how well students have internalized the core components of the program. Using reflective practice to assess standards is a method that is easy to implement and highly beneficial for all stakeholders. (Contains 13 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas