Identifying leadership practices for mentoring preservice teachers

Hudson, Peter B. (2013) Identifying leadership practices for mentoring preservice teachers. The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, 19(2), pp. 71-82.

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Abstract

There are many forms of leadership and concepts of school leadership have evolved significantly over the last few decades. Mentoring is a form of leadership, where the classroom teacher (mentor) leads and guides the preservice teacher towards advancing teaching practices. What do school executives identify as their leadership practices and what leadership practices have inspired them? This study uses a five-part Likert scale survey with extended written responses that were coded into themes. These participants indicated they had leadership potential, which they associated with being organised, passionate and knowledgeable about education, interpersonally-skilled to build relationships, and visionary with action plans for improving education. These practices were also identified by participants as inspiring practices from leaders they knew. Generally, these participants perceived themselves as transformational leaders. Transformational practices associated with individualized consideration, intellectual stimulation, inspirational motivation, and idealized influences were agreed upon by 80% or more of the participants. Mentors need to understand inspiring leadership practices and identify their own leadership practices that may lead towards reflection on practice and, hence, a way to make educationally-sound changes in leadership behaviour.

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ID Code: 64233
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mentoring, mentor, leadership, preservice teachers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 the Author
Copyright Statement: readers must ask permission to reproduce
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2013 23:02
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 12:18

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