Using Dispositional Surveys to Improve Individual and Program Quality in Educational Leadership

Dorothy Rea, Cecil Carter, Christopher Parfitt, Judy Wilkerson, Thomas Valesky

Abstract


Assessment of dispositions provides valuable information for preparing new educational leaders. By using three dispositional instruments to meet national and state standards, we assess candidates at multiple points throughout a master’s degree leadership preparation program. The Educational Leader Candidate Belief Scale (ELCBS) had been previously validated, and the most recent revision focused on diversity and social justice issues. Comparing the results from the ELCBS to the expected responses, changes were made to the program and future needs were identified. In addition, results are used to provide remediation for individual students in facilitating the acquisition of dispositions. Assessment of dispositions is complex and consistent with accreditation standards and requirements for program approval, yet vital in ensuring students are able to lead inclusive schools.


Keywords


Dispositions, social justice, assessment, program improvement, leadership

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