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ERIC Number: EJ831269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
Leading the Learning: What Missouri Principals Say about their Preparation Programs
Edmonds, Carole A.; Waddle, Jerry L.; Murphy, Carole H.; Ozturgut, Osman; Caruthers, Loyce E.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v3 n4 p14-21 Win 2007
Two reports have recently been published that are critical of higher education and its preparation of school leaders. One of these reports entitled "Educating School Leaders" by Arthur Levine (2005) offered a 9-point template for judging the quality of school leadership programs. The other by Hess and Kelly (2005) entitled "Learning to Lead? What Gets Taught in Principal Preparation Programs" examined the content of instruction through syllabi and textbooks. Conclusions from these reports support the idea that leadership preparation programs need to be more receptive to the concerns of students regarding the delivery and content of these program. In an attempt to get at the root of what needs to be done in preparation programs in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Satellite Leadership Academy (Academy) joined hands with four representatives from institutions of higher education in Missouri to canvass principals on their opinions. This research is an attempt to determine what graduates of principal preparation programs in Missouri think of their programs and compare those findings with those of Levine, Hess, and Kelly. Three questions were posed to approximately 200 participants of practicing and aspiring principals. The questions were: (1) What are some of the things you liked about the classes you have taken in your principal preparation program; (2) What are some of the things you disliked about the classes you have taken in your principal preparation program; and (3) If you could change one thing about your principal preparation program, what would it be? Responses indicate that the university preparation programs in Missouri must provide faculty who are up to date with their knowledge and course content and who provide a good balance between theory and practice. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri