The literature on administration, management, and leadership is extensive. Few sources, however, address the competencies (skills, knowledge, and attitudes) of effective administrators in nonformal education. None of the sources put those competencies in a scheme that is simple yet comprehensive. The author has developed a paradigm of nonformal education administration based on his experience in teaching and consulting in nonformal education. Competencies are a significant component of this paradigm, and the focus of this article. The paradigm sketched into a diagram in this presentation has potential for guiding competency-based training programs and self-directed professional development for administrators. It can also be used to guide search and screening committees in hiring the best candidates for administrative positions in nonformal education.
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