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ERIC Number: EJ1146689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0032-0684
Challenging Parent, Challenged Curricula: Utilizing Simulated Interactions to Enhance School Leader Preparation
Dotger, Benjamin; Alger, Amanda
Planning and Changing, v43 n3-4 p344-362 2012
Clinical simulations provide opportunities for novice school leaders to synthesize and enact their professional knowledge, decision-making approaches, and skills in an authentic, challenging environment. This article outlines the use of clinical simulations and standardized individuals to enhance and extend the preparation of novice school leaders. Modeled directly from medical education's use of standardized patients, school leader participants engaged with a standardized father who strongly challenges a unit of instruction on reproductive education. In real-time, in front of the standardized father, each school leader must navigate requests for an alternative assignment, demands that the unit of instruction be removed from the school entirely, and questions on the morality of offering the curriculum. Implications address the school leaders' different, individual approaches to this shared, clinical experience, but also emphasize the broader use of clinical simulations in the preparation of teachers for both general and content-specific contexts.
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
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