Open Access Graduate Research Paper
School administrators -- Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships;
When I first entered the administration program, I remember thinking that when I finished classes, I would be prepared to become a successful administrator with the wealth of knowledge I had gained. As the time draws nearer, I see that experience, talking to other professionals, and the knowledge that has been afforded me, all balance out as guides for the near future. The knowledge I will have gained from this program will be only a part of my knowledge base. By this I mean, it is important that one does not see oneself as having all of the answers, but rather sees oneself as growing and learning on a continuing basis. Knowledge, skills, and beliefs are equally important components in developing leadership. Knowledge, whether specific bits of information or broad generalizations, are keys to effective decision- making. Knowledge also provides the foundation for the skill development needed to carry out goals. However, it is my values and beliefs that are the most important because decisions are first governed by a person's beliefs and, to a lesser extent, his/her knowledge. Stated differently, I believe that it is one's values and beliefs that drive one's actions, so I continually look for information to help build my foundation for leadership. In doing so, I hope to stay abreast of new trends and methods. It will be important to continually focus on administrative skills, one's vision, leadership style, and role in communication.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Dale R. Jackson
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©1997 Denise R. Aalderks
Aalderks, Denise R., "A vision for administering elementary schools : a reflective essay" (1997). Graduate Research Papers. 251.