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The status of educational administrative internship programs in Texas institutions of higher education as perceived by former interns
This study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the educational administrative internship program for principals and superintendents in Texas. The population included 1,026 students from small, medium, and large universities who completed an internship during calendar year 1979. The sample included 87 interns from small universities, 43 interns from medium universities, and 41 interns from large universities. One hundred and thirty-one former interns provided usable responses to the survey instrument that was developed for this study. Descriptive data were statistically analyzed through the use of frequency distributions. Relationships in comparisons of the intern groups from small, medium, and large universities and former principal and former superintendent intern groups were achieved through the use of analysis of variance. Analysis of variance was used to determine the statistical relationships in comparisons of perceptions of former interns, university supervisors, principals, and superintendents. Few significant differences were revealed by respondents' perceptions among former interns from small, medium, and large universities, or from former principal and superintendent interns. Significantly different means were detected among the responses from former interns, university supervisors, principals, and superintendents for 13 of the 20 research variables that were tested for analysis of variance. Former interns felt the internship requirement for administrators with proven administrative ability should be dropped. They also felt an intern should sometimes be allowed to take the internship during the summer session. They also felt the training in budget preparation could be improved. Suggested additions to the internship program included requiring university supervisors to have experience in public school administration, careful screening of cooperating administrators, plus providing them with more time to supervise interns, and standardization of the internship program. There was strong support for making the internship a full-time, paid position and providing some additional pay for the cooperating administrators. Additional internship studies might include exploring the possibility of standardizing the internship program and the advisability of funding the internship both at the state and national level.
SubjectMajor educational administration
1980 Dissertation W454
School management and organization
Aims and objectives
Wells, Jerrie Cebern (1980). The status of educational administrative internship programs in Texas institutions of higher education as perceived by former interns. Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from
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