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This paper presents findings of a study that asked administrators to identify the skills that administrative candidates should possess in the year 2000 and the administrator-preparation courses that universities should offer. Data were collected through telephone interviews that were conducted with a total of 80 Long Island, New York, administrators--15 superintendents, 12 assistant superintendents, 8 high school principals, 12 middle/junior high school principals, 10 elementary school principals, 11 high school assistant principals, and 12 junior high school assistant principals. Each group of administrators cited the need for interpersonal skills, and most of them mentioned the necessity of communication skills. All groups pointed to the importance of an internship in required administrator-preparation courses. Most respondents recommended that courses be included in finance and school law; about one-half of them placed value on a course in computer applications. The recommendation is made that the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (DELA) consider offering specific courses in human relations, management, decision making, computer simulations, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership. (LMI)

Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Qualifications, Curriculum Design, Degree Requirements, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training

Autor: Lester, Paula E.


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