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Three significant impediments to mentoring success have been identified in the literature: insufficient time; mentors' lack of professional expertise; and personality mismatches. To address these issues, a skills training program was developed in Victoria. This program utilized the principles of adult attachment theory and time-limited therapy. The model was introduced to principals across grade levels. The results indicated significant improvement in the skills set and confidence levels of mentors (i.e. experienced school principals).
Updated: Dec. 07, 2009
This study describes an innovative leadership development program in self-awareness in the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College. It describes both the theoretical and practical pedagogy of self-awareness training. The themes that emerged from the data led to the development of cognitive maps for practitioners that provide heuristics and developmental guides for practice, as well as refinements of the training protocols.
Updated: Oct. 19, 2009
In this study, the author examines how a model of self was cultivated through the social practices of a transformative professional development program for urban public school leaders. She combines insights from ethnography and discourse analysis. 17 administrators and building leaders participated in the study. The author identified three practices that were used at the retreats to facilitate participants’ access to an essential and true inner self: (a) Modeling of multiple ways of talking about an inner self; (b) ritual experience of the self in relation to others; and (c) the connection of the self to a natural order.
Updated: Sep. 22, 2009
Doing More With Less: Teacher Professional Learning Communities in Resource-Constrained Primary Schools in Rural China
This article explores the nature and varying forms of professional learning communities in rural Gansu, one of China’s poorest provinces, in northwest China. The authors use qualitative and quantitative data. They draw on survey data collected in primary schools serving 71 villages in rural Gansu Province as well as transcripts from in-depth interviews with 30 teachers. The findings suggest that engagement in professional learning communities is associated with strong leadership of the principal, policy reforms and the initiative of teachers themselves.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2009
This paper reports findings from a study of 100 headteachers of very small Scottish primary schools. The main goal of the research was to follow up a sample of those schools that had participated in a larger study of all small schools in Scotland in 1996 to explore the role of the teaching headteacher.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2009
A New Conceptual Model for Principal Involvement and Professional Collaboration in Teacher Education
Beginning teachers often identify the school principal as a key figure for support and guidance. Few teacher education conceptual models exist that significantly integrate the building principal into the clinical experiences of teacher candidates. The call for more deliberate principal involvement in preservice arises in regard to teacher attrition and retention concerns. Having the principal engage in active mentoring during preservice may positively address these issues by providing a more complete socialization and enculturation process into today’s context of schooling. A new conceptual model of collaboration (three supports for preservice teacher: mentor, university supervisor, and principal) was presented to include the principal with the preservice teacher, university supervisor, and cooperating teacher in a community of practice for teacher preparation.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2009
This article is based on a Norwegian study. The focus is two-fold, including the views of both new teachers and leaders on the issue of leadership and professionalism. First, the focus is on the way newly qualified teachers describe how they function in the school and kindergarten organizations. Secondly, the focus shifts from the perspective of the new teachers to that of the organization leaders, who emphasize that professional competence is complex.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2009
The intent for this project was to illuminate differences and commonalities of women leaders from different ethnic backgrounds through their own voices and to listen for strategies used to overcome obstacles that have led to their current success as secondary principals. African-American, Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic women leaders were interviewed and understood from a feminist post-structural lens to create a vision of what the leadership experience is like at the secondary level.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2008