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An Examination of Mental Health Content in Course Work and Field Experiences in Connecticut Educational Leadership Preparation Programs
by Papa, Dorothy P., Ed.D., Southern Connecticut State University, 2017, 371; 10278848
Abstract (Summary)

This exploratory mixed method convergent parallel study examined Connecticut Educational leadership preparation programs for the existence of mental health content to learn the extent to which pre-service school leaders are prepared for addressing student mental health. Interviews were conducted with school mental health experts and Connecticut school principals to learn what leadership competencies they believe are needed for pre-service school leaders to address the mental health conditions of students. Responses yielded 11 suggested leadership competency content categories which served as the basis of two researcher-developed surveys completed by Connecticut program course professors and pre-service school leader students rating the extent to which mental health content was included in course work and field experience. Program course syllabi were examined for mental health content. Findings from the three data sources suggest there is a dearth of mental health content in curricula, and insufficient attention to clinical internship experiences. Connecticut Educational leadership preparation programs could do better in preparing pre-service school leaders for addressing the mental health needs of students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Haynes, Norris
Commitee: Arafeh, Sousan, Yavuz, Olcay
School: Southern Connecticut State University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Educational leadership, Educational administration, Education, Teacher education
Keywords: Educational leadership preparation programs, Expanded school mental health, Mental health disorders, Pre-service school leaders, School leaders, School mental health
Publication Number: 10278848
ISBN: 978-0-355-18828-8
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