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ERIC Number: EJ812668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Examining the Principal Preparation and Practice Gap
Martin, Gary E.; Papa, Rosemary
Principal, v88 n1 p12-14, 16 Sep-Oct 2008
To anticipate the future needs of principal preparation, it is important to understand past efforts to bridge the preparation and practice gap. Decades ago, both the military and corporate industries discovered that classroom training was not meeting their needs for preparing soldiers and business professionals for real-life challenges. So they shifted training from classrooms to on-the-job training. Further assessments showed that leaving classrooms behind did not solve the problem. So they turned to a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training, which entailed a back-and-forth method of learning basics and concepts in class, application of the concepts in real-life situations, and back to the classroom for reflection, assessment, and further learning. This model is still widely used today and offers a viable partnership option for universities and school districts to consider when preparing principals. In this article, the authors discuss the issues surrounding principal preparation and practice divide and suggest that effective principal preparation requires a partnership between school districts and universities. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A