Blending Theory into the Practicum: PGDEL Experience

 

BLENDING THEORY INTO THE PRACTICUM
THE PGDEL EXPERIENCE

BLENDING THEORY INTO THE PRACTICUM


THE PGDEL EXPERIENCE


This research paper focuses on the PGDEL Programme aimed at equipping aspiring Heads of Schools with the necessary skills and competencies with a view to administrating, managing and leading schools more effectively. Prior to setting up this programme, a need analysis was carried out where suggestions were gathered from practising Heads of Schools - both public and private. The suggestions varied from competencies and skills which Heads of Schools need to acquire - communication, delegation, empowerment, creativity, proactiveness and inventiveness amongst others but the salient point was to address the issue of the theory and practice divide. Consequently, we mounted this programme with all these requirements and suggestions in mind. This present research is to investigate whether these targets have been met. The researchers will focus on the programme offered, whether the PGDEL cohort has had the chance to display their competencies, whether there were opportunities for their professional growth and, finally, to study and analyse how the divide between the theory and the practice has been addressed. The researchers have used survey as research methodology and, as research methods, both qualitative and quantitative data have been gathered through questionnaire, focused group discussion and unstructured interviews. With a view to increase validity and reliability, triangulation was used. The sample used was the whole PDGEL cohort - 62 students in all. The data gathered was analysed and recommendations and suggestions were put forward with a view to assisting the new cohort and to further enhancing the quality of the programme and, principally, to gauge how far the blending between the theory and the practicum has been met. 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT


1. Mr. M S SOHAWON (Head of Department)

2. N CONGOPOOTTAREN