ERIC Number: EJ942543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Principals and Professors: "Will the Twain Ever Meet?"
Place, William; Lindle, Jane Clark
Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, v4 n3 p219-232 Fall 2010
Both authors returned to the field to serve as principals after a decade or more as professors of educational leadership. Despite a common perception that educational leadership professors are out of touch with practice, these authors felt at home with the practices and demands of their schools regardless of the intervening decade. They argue that good professors (even if some would represent them as too philosophical--the east of the twain that will never meet) are not as far from good practitioners (the west) as they are sometimes portrayed. A review of literature on other educational leadership professors' experiences revisiting the field revealed that much about leading schools has not changed in more than half a century. Given the perennial issues of human development and scarce resources that school leaders face, the authors conclude that the divide between practitioners and professors of educational leadership is largely perceptual and that alternative routes to school leadership preparation are not likely to change experiences in the principalship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky