ERIC Number: ED471352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Who Is Framing the Nation's Understanding of Educational Leadership Preparation and Practice?
Young, Michelle D.; Creighton, Theodore B.
This article examines the current national conversation on educational-leadership preparation and practice and the implications of these conversations for educational-leadership preparation. The text focuses on the rhetoric and research surrounding two issues that have been identified as major contributors to the present leadership crisis: the shortage of qualified administrators and the lack of adequate leadership preparation. The article examines the repeated alarms about the scarcity of candidates for school and school-system leadership positions and asks whether this shortage is real or illusory. An examination of administrator licenses awarded in California and Texas indicate that an ample supply of administrators is being produced. However, it appears that many of these license holders are not seeking administrative positions for various reasons. Part of the reason cited for this stagnation is the lack of proper leadership preparation, and universities are bearing much of the criticism for this perceived problem. What has been shoved to the periphery of the debate are earlier identified problems underlying the shortages, such as long hours, high stress, poor pay, and micromanaged positions. The article emphasizes the need for university educators to join the debate on school leadership and share their knowledge about best practices in educational leadership. (Contains 46 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Burlington, VT, August 5-10, 2002).