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ERIC Number: EJ807343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
The Officers to Education Project: A Retrospective
Schneider, Alex; Barkol, Rina
International Journal of Educational Reform, v16 n2 p169-185 Spr 2007
Schoolteachers worldwide were and remain the main source of future school leaders. However, some researchers believe that teachers may not be sufficiently qualified to serve as school principals. As such, it might be better to find candidates suitable for running schools elsewhere, in different social groups, not necessarily within the education system but among people who were trained for and have managerial and leadership qualities. One way of responding to the challenge of developing strong pipelines to the principalship involves retraining and developing qualified people within the education field and beyond. Can changing competencies, developing abilities and capabilities of leadership, management, and pedagogy through appropriate training qualify persons from the education field and from other fields for the role of school leader as professional expert? The Officers to Education project presents a possible solution to this challenge. This article presents a historical background of the development of the Officers to Education project, a retraining initiative conceptualized by the Israeli government and its military veterans organization for the country's retired military officers wanting to find employment in the field of education. This article also presents a study that aimed to find an appropriate way of incorporating candidates from other fields into the field of education as school principals by listening to what they have to say. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel