Journal Article

Leadership Preparation Programs: Preparing Culturally Competent Educational Leaders

Maysaa Barakat, Ellen Reames, and Lisa A. W. Kensler
June 2019 | UCEA

In this research study published in the University Council of Educational Administration’s (UCEA) Journal of Research on Leadership Education, the authors note that while educational leadership preparation programs are responsible for preparing culturally competent leaders, few programs assess their students’ cultural competence. This quantitative, cross-sectional, causal-comparative study examined whether graduates of educational leadership preparation programs had significantly different cultural competence than those beginning their respective program. The findings suggest that matriculating through a principal preparation program positively correlates with educational leadership students’ overall cultural competence, cultural beliefs and motivation, and cultural knowledge. However, there appears to be no significant relationship between completing the program and students’ cultural skills.