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Implications of Distance Education for Educational Administration Programs

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American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


This paper examines the external and local responses that are forcing university programs in educational administration to consider distance education, as well as the responses of one particular program, the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University (ISU). Specifically addressed are external pressures related to changing standards for school administrators and competition for program delivery. Local responses include increased involvement in (as well as resistance to) the use of technology by students, teachers, and administrators. Concerns and problems experienced by students, administrators, and faculty in the ISU program are discussed. The paper concludes that distance education is an alternative modality for reaching students that must be considered and implemented in some form, but that it requires institutional, faculty, and student commitment. An attached chart compares the recommended technology/research skills of Illinois principals as stated by several organizations of educational administrators. (Contains 16 references.) (DB)


Ashby, D., Hecht, J.B. & Klass, P.H. (1999). Implications of Distance Education for Educational Administration Programs. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1999. Retrieved September 25, 2020 from .

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