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ERIC Number: EJ991015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
Measuring Colorado Superintendents' Perceptions of Principal Preparation Programs
Weiler, Spencer C.; Cray, Martha
Educational Considerations, v39 n2 p66-76 Spr 2012
Over the years, many scholars have criticized traditional leadership preparation programs for failing to produce qualified educational leaders capable of moving public education into the 21st century. As a result, many university-based principal preparation programs have introduced reforms aimed at better preparing future school leaders. Many of these focus either on the needs of students by establishing more convenient schedules with greater accessibility or on the needs of the universities by creating more stable groups of students. Unaddressed in these reform efforts is attention to the needs of aspiring educational leaders as identified by school superintendents. Failure to include superintendents' voices creates a disconnect between public schools and university-based principal preparation programs that needs to be remedied if America's children are to receive a quality education that will genuinely prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century. In this article, the results of a survey of Colorado superintendents are presented as a means to begin the process of documenting superintendents' perceptions of principal preparation programs. The article is divided into four sections. It begins with a review of literature on principal preparation delivery models. The second section describes the research design of the study while the third presents the analysis of results. The article closes with implications of the findings and conclusions. (Contains 8 tables and 55 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado