CAPEA JOURNAL Volume 27 2016 has been published.
Open/Free Access to the PDF download is available to CAPEA and NCPEA members (and our University Library Subscribers) via the NCPEA Publications website State and Affiliate Journals.
The members of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration continue to dialogue and invite colleagues across the country to participate in the conversation by submitting articles on the following five focus areas that serve as future directions for the organization: Teaching and Program Development, Diversity and Social Justice, Technology, Research, and Advocacy.
The following represents a brief description of each as defined by the CAPEA membership:
Teaching educational administration courses is an important role in the preparation of professional educational administrators. Faculty who actively pursue teaching, scholarship, service and research while staying in touch with state and local school system issues should conduct leader preparation programs. How does research inform best practices for educating school leaders? What curriculum, teaching and assessment practices seem most promising for equipping school leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for today's leaders? What resources are useful to faculty members in the preparation of school leaders? How have policy proposals at the state or national level, such as the introduction and adoption of national and state standards for school leaders, affected curriculum, instruction, or assessment of leadership preparation and administrative credential programs?
Diversity and Social Justice provides rich opportunities for the development of leaders, research, program design, and curriculum innovation. How can educational administration program faculty increase their knowledge and take action related to diversity issues that impact schools and school leaders? How do leaders enhance self-awareness, attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions regarding diversity? What role, research and actions do educational administration programs take in training school leaders who will promote democratic schools? What steps are being taken to recruit and retain under-represented university faculty and those in school leadership positions?
Technology serves as the overlay focus infused throughout all other areas. CAPEA members accept the responsibility for preparing leaders for an information age and a global society. What strategies and techniques effectively integrate technology into the curriculum and/or teaching of education leaders? What current research supports distance learning, electronic communication, presentation skills, web journals, web folios, etc.?
Research in educational leadership is essential to ensure ongoing, high quality development of the field. The members of CAPEA are interested in pursuing the following: various research paradigms and methodologies, ways to share and present scholarly research, ideas about generating research topics, vehicles for reporting research, the integration of research and technology, resources and grants to support student research, and the use of educational research to influence public policy.
Advocacy is a way of partnering the development of leaders with the responsibility of influencing public policy. How do educational leaders identify the political issues, lobby effectively, and impact public policy decisions? How can technology assist in the role and responsibility of advocacy for education leaders? What issues are education leaders and policy makers currently addressing across the country?