Mentoring and Coaching Programs for the Professional Development of School Leaders

Authored by: Bruce G. Barnett , Gary R. O’Mahony

International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders

Print publication date:  July  2008
Online publication date:  May  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415988476
eBook ISBN: 9780203872239
Adobe ISBN: 9781135277017


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The induction and transition of principals into the profession is of great concern, especially if there are particular events or circumstances that either encourage or discourage capable educators from seeking the position. Duke (1987) argues:

School leaders do not emerge from training programs fully prepared and completely effective. Their development is a more involved and incremental process, beginning as early as their own schooling and extending through their first years on the job as leaders. Becoming a school leader is an ongoing process of socialization. (p. 261)

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