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ERIC Number: EJ1105265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Inquiry in Closing the Gap between University Experience and Assistant Principal Career Transition through Simulated Realistic Job Preview
Kearney, W. Sean; Herrington, David E.
Education Leadership Review, v14 n1 p69-82 Mar 2013
Educational administration is the weakest program that schools of education offer...most (principal preparation programs) vary in quality from inadequate to appalling. Their shortcomings include irrelevant and incoherent curricula, low admission and graduation standards, inadequate clinical instruction...(and) degrees that are irrelevant to the jobs students eventually hold" (Levine, 2005, B16). Arthur Levine, the president of Teachers College at Columbia University, was roundly lambasted for these comments by the educational leadership community. In particular, his report was criticized for ignoring the many positive aspects of leadership preparation programs (Young, 2005). While Levine (2005) contends that Universities are not connected enough with local district practices, Flessa (2007) counters that non-university based school leadership programs lack the ability to meaningfully critique substandard local district policies that may be in place. Perhaps it is not surprising to find that schools of education have vehemently defended their usefulness--but is there value in Levine's critique? Can educational administration programs improve their relevance to the jobs their graduates hold while continuing to provide them with a sound theoretical base?
Descriptors: Inquiry, Educational Administration, Relevance (Education), Administrator Education, College Programs, Career Readiness, Program Effectiveness, Simulation, Followup Studies, Interviews, College Outcomes Assessment, Assistant Principals, Graduate Surveys, Vignettes, Supervision, Discipline, School Safety, Parent School Relationship, Leadership Training, Training Methods
NCPEA Publications. Available from: National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Web site: http://www.ncpeapublications.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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