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Since superintendents are keenly aware of the strengths and weaknesses of active principals, an investigation was conducted of principalship-preparation curricular needs, as determined by superintendents. The subjects included superintendents from 64 parish-school districts and two city-school districts in Louisiana. The survey instrument consisted of a principalship-preparation program course list, and superintendents were asked to select 12 courses that they believed would represent the most effective curriculum and to rank each course in terms of its importance to the curriculum. The 12 courses selected by the greatest number of the 56 superintendents who responded were then ranked according to frequency of responses. The courses are as follows: (1) School Law; (2) Supervision in Elementary and Secondary Schools; (3) Elementary and Secondary Curriculum; (4) Elementary and Secondary Principalship; (5) Planning, Organizing, and Decision-Making; (6) School and Community Relations; (7) School Personnel Administration; (8) School Finance and Taxation; (9) Curriculum Planning; (10) Internship; (11) School Plant Facilities; and (12) Evaluation, Accountability, and Policy Analysis Models. The resulting principalship-preparation program was not dramatically different from many principalship-preparation programs presently operating in the state. (RJM)

Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Principals, Professional Development, School Administration, Superintendents

Author: Hardin, Dawn T.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12303&id=ED426471


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