International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

 

School Administrators Sound Off: Perceived Efficacy of Principal Preparation Programs from Elect Focus Group Responses
Dr. Arthur J. Borgemenke

Abstract
This focus group study is follow-up to research done in the USA at a north Texas Independent School District during the Spring of 2010. All administrators holding a valid Texas Principal Certification and employed by the target school district were surveyed about their varied perceptions regarding university and proprietary principal preparations programs. Senior administration from the target school district choosen the focus group participants including: two central office administrators (an Associate Superintendent, a Director of Professional Development), and one Principal from an elementary (grades K-4), intermediate (grades 5-6), middle (grades 7-8), and high school (grades 9-12). The six administrators were brought together to explore themes, give depth and comment on the survey results gathered. The school leaders commented extensively on the principal preparation programs in which they had participated. Areas of response concentration included: program efficacy in management skills training, program efficacy in certification test preparation, how well programs connected theory to practice and the strengths and weaknesses of delivering principal preparation programs in online formats. The educational leaders were encouraged to follow alternate themes they felt to be important to the effective preparation of educational administrators. The ninety minute session yielded valuable data about the strengths and weaknesses of current school administrator preparation programs.

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