NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1062258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1064-4474
Competencies for Effective School Leadership: To What Extent Are They Included in Ed.D. Leadership Programs?
Dunlap, Jody; Li, Jinyi; Kladifko, Robert
Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development, v26 p14-26 Mar 2015
Purpose: With the increasing need for well-­-prepared and leading practitioners in the field of education as well as the renewed efforts to further distinguish the EdD from the PhD in higher education in recent years, the curriculum of EdD programs nationwide has been questioned and criticized for its disconnection from the needs of leading practitioners and schools. The primary purpose of this study is to examine the practical relevance of the coursework of EdD programs in PK-­12 school leadership. Methods: Three hundred and forty-two principals from California public schools, and 43 EdD program graduates and 38 doctoral faculty members from the California State University system participated in this study. A survey instrument developed on the basis of ISLLC 1996 and ISLLC 2008 was used to measure respondents' perceived importance of the knowledge, skills, and values for effective school leadership and the extent to which they were included in the EdD coursework. MANOVA and discriminant analysis were conducted to answer the specific research questions. Findings: Results indicate that the curriculum of the EdD leadership programs lacks practical relevance. In practice the EdD has not been differentiated from the PhD with respect to the coursework. Implications: The practical relevance of the coursework should be considered in the assessment and evaluation of the quality or effectiveness of an EdD program, and used to distinguish the EdD from the PhD. The findings add empirical evidence to the renewed debate over the distinction between the EdD and the PhD, and spur revitalization of the EdD.
California Association of Professors of Education Administration. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California