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Date of Award

1981

Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Graduate School

First Advisor

Thomas C. Coleman

First Committee Member

Joseph L. Anastasio

Second Committee Member

Heath Lowry

Third Committee Member

Marge Bruce

Fourth Committee Member

Cliff Kelley

Abstract

Problem: The existing facilities and arrangements for the training of educational administrators in India are totally inadequate. In a struggling new democracy where.some twenty million babies are born each year, where great strides have already been made in the field of education in the last three decades, greater attention needs to be given to the training of teachers, teacher educators and educational administrators on whose shoulders rests the responsibility of the organization of education and the spread of literacy which is so basic to its functioning as a democracy. Presently, educaational administration is not looked upon as an area of expertise that goes beyond the limits of teacher preparation. Educational administration must be taught and mastered as an additional facet in the preparation of educational administrators. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to propose· a model program for the preparation of high school principals and administrators for India. The program would detail: (1) suggested courses to be taught with the related experiences, ( 2) the pre-requisites for.· admission, ( 3) the requirements for graduation, (4) the resources needed, and other relevant information. Procedures: A pilot study was conducted by the researcher in January, 1980, to ascertain the need for a program for the preparation of educational administrators in India. Subsequently, some of the programs now available in England and.the United States were examined for relevant information with regards to courses taught and related experiences, admission requirements, duration of program and the resources needed. Finally additional questionnaires were given in January, 1981, to principals and educational administrators to assess their felt needs and the competencies required f.or the Indian situation. Findings: The pilot study made the researcher aware of the very high percentage of the present principals and educational administrators who had no formal training in educational administration. From the subsequent questionnaires the following prioritized list of felt needs and desired competencies emerged: (1) Personnel Management, (2) Techniques of Administrative Leadership, (3) Self Awareness, (4) Human Relations Abilities, (5) Instructional Leadership, (6) Legal Processes related to Schools, (7) School-Community Relationship, and (8) Political and Cultural Awareness. Recommendations: As a result of the completion of this study the following recommendations are offered: (1) That the Central and State Ministries of Education, private agencies interested and involved in education, Institutes of Education and Teacher Education Colleges should determine to implement programs for the preparation of educational administrators. (2) The Universities should take the lead in initiating programs for the preparation of educational administrators. (3) Further planning should be done for the development and commencement of programs for the preparation of educational administrators. (4) A date should be set by which untrained principals should have completed the program in educational administration. After that date the diploma/degree in educational administration should become a pre-requisite for appointment to the post of principal or educational administrator. It is recommended that an implementation time-line be established.

Pages

251

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