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Professional Educator, v26 n2 p39-44 Spr 2004

Members of Auburn University's educational leadership program at the doctoral level have created a new framework for learning and sharing knowledge, experience, and support. This framework is shared among the doctoral candidates in the form of series of core classes called "doctoral cohort." This paper captures the essence of the educational leadership doctoral cohort program at Auburn University, Alabama, by describing the doctoral cohort experience as viewed through Bolman's and Deal's (1993) four leadership frames: political, structural, human resource, and symbolic. Furthermore, this essay puts forth metaphors within each frame in order to underscore the value of the cohort experience. (Contains 1 note.)

Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Instructional Leadership, Human Resources, Administrator Education, Core Curriculum, Figurative Language, Doctoral Programs, Group Experience, Political Influences, Interpersonal Relationship, Collegiality

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Author: Bentley, Terry; Zhao, Fangxia; Reames, Ellen H.; Reed, Cindy


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