The principalship: how significant is mentoring?

Hansford, Brian C. & Ehrich, Lisa C. (2006) The principalship: how significant is mentoring? Journal of Educational Administration, 44(1), pp. 36-52.

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Purpose – To draw upon a structured review of the literature on formalised mentoring programs for principals with the purpose of exploring their nature and the positive and negative outcomes of them for the parties involved.

Design/methodology/Approach - The methodological approach utilised in this paper was a structured review of the literature which is a pre-determined set of criteria, namely a set of coding categories, used for analysing research papers. Forty research based papers constituted the structured review and major coding categories utilised in this paper were positive and negative outcomes of mentoring programs for mentors and mentees and factual data relating to the research focus of the sample.

Findings - Both positive and negative outcomes of mentoring were reported in the 40 research based papers, with substantially more papers reporting positive outcomes. Frequently cited positive outcomes for mentees included support, sharing ideas and professional development while, for mentors, networking, professional development and the opportunity to reflect were noted. Frequently cited negative outcomes for mentors and mentees were lack of time to undertake mentoring and personality or expertise mismatch.

Practical Implications - The findings highlight the necessity for planners of programs to ensure that mentors are trained; the matching process is executed to eliminate potential incompatibilities; and time for mentoring is factored into program implementation.

Originality / value of the paper - The major contribution of the paper is it makes a strong claim about the specific outcomes of mentoring programs for principals thereby providing a clearer picture regarding its potential as well as its caveats.

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ID Code: 4343
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mentoring, principals, research, research results
DOI: 10.1108/09578230610642647
ISSN: 0957-8234
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Emerald Publishing
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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