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ERIC Number: EJ958774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1942-7751
Some Thoughts on Rethinking the Pre-Service Education of School Leaders
Murphy, Joseph
Journal of Research on Leadership Education, v1 n1 Apr 2006
In this article, the author discusses two major conclusions about initial preparation programs in the United States. On the upside, a good deal of energy and hard work is being poured into attempts to revitalize preparation programs. On the downside, people are not seeing much in the way of real improvement; that is, most of the change is on the margins. His conclusion is that unless one redefines the rules of the game for how people engage in preparation development work, one will be quite unlikely to make more sanguine judgments in the future. The author shares six guiding principles that collectively meet the criterion of fostering the reculturing of preparation programs. These include: (1) foundation-based programs; (2) value-based admissions; (3) zero-based curriculum development; (4) practice-anchored learning experiences; (5) community-grounded culture; and (6) outcome-based accountability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States