AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice
The preparation of superintendents is a critical component and essential element of systemic education reform. However, Cooper, Fusarelli, Jackson, and Poster (2002) remind us that, ―the process is rife with difficulties‖ (p. 242), including synchronization of preparation and actual practice, the theory-practice disconnect, the need for life-long learning, and development of an adequate knowledge base.
In light of these complexities, two facts are especially noteworthy: The vast majority of research on the efficacy of administrator preparation programs has focused on the principalship (Kowalski, 2006b), and most doctoral programs in educational administration have de facto become preparation programs for superintendents, even though some contain little coursework specifically tailored for the position (Andrews & Grogan, 2002).
AASA: The School Superintendents Association
Kowalski, Theodore J.; Petersen, George J.; and Fusarelli, Lance D., "Novice Superintendents and the Efficacy of Professional Preparation" (2009). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 21.
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