A study of the development of the graduate programs and an evaluation of the relevance of the master's program in educational administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, as perceived by graduates

Pond, Earl (1973) A study of the development of the graduate programs and an evaluation of the relevance of the master's program in educational administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, as perceived by graduates. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

One of the functions of the Department of Educational Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland is to offer graduate programmes that will develop in potential school administrators the competencies needed in their profession. The major problem of this study was to obtain and assess the reactions of the Master’s graduates from the Department of Educational Administration at Memorial University of their preparation programme, relative to their field responsibilities. Other related problems of this study were: (1) to trace the development of the graduate programmes in Educational Administration; (2) to present the current graduate programmes in Educational Administration; and (3) to present a brief history of the Department of Educational Administration at Memorial University. -- The 33 Master’s graduates from the Department of Educational Administration who composed the survey group for this study were requested to complete an eleven page questionnaire. The graduates indicated the degree of their preparation, Strong, Satisfactory, or Poor for 79 administrative duties. These duties were categorized according to nine task areas: General Administration; School Plant; Pupils; School Finance; Staff; Curriculum and Instructional Improvement; Public Relations; Research; and School Law. Space was provided on the questionnaire for graduates to write additional comments as well. -- The task areas in which graduates perceived their preparation to be strongest were: General Administration; Staff; Public Relations; and Research. Sufficient preparation seems to have been provided in Curriculum and Instructional Improvement and School law. Of all the task areas considered, preparation seems to have been most inadequate in the area of School Plant. A large majority of the graduates indicated that courses appropriate to the development of skills in School Finance were not available to them. -- The implications of the over-all response of graduates to the appraisal instrument are that, generally speaking, the Master’s Programme in Educational Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland has provided them with the competencies needed in school administration. However, implementation of some of the recommendations contained in the study would undoubtedly enable the Department of Educational Administration to further increase the relevance of its graduate programmes and the effectiveness of its work.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7572
Item ID: 7572
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 110-112
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1973
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Avalon Peninsula--St. John's
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Education--Study and teaching (Graduate); School management and organization--Study and teaching

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