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`Aims to enhance management practice in education by presenting research findings and theory from a wide range of contributors' - Skills and Enterprise Update 'This is indeed a book which could be useful to a much larger readership than the normal closed circle of those working in education' - Managing Schools Today The book presents relevant research and theory in order to enhance management practice in education. The editors' intention is to articulate good practice on the basis of evidence in educational settings. The ideas presented here are derived from international research and practice and apply to all phases of education, with the emphasis on applying research findings t

Mentoring and Coaching
Mentoring and coaching
Introduction: What do We Mean by Mentoring?

Mentoring has become increasingly significant as a mode of professional development in many countries, including Australia, England and Wales, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA. It is regarded as an important dimension in the preparation and ongoing development of teachers and leaders. It is also a significant part of the socialisation process for educators learning a new role. Crow (2001) distinguishes between two forms of socialisation:

  • professional – preparing to take on an occupational role, such as teacher or principal
  • organisational – focusing on the specific context where the role is being performed.

Socialisation includes three types of new learning (p.3):

  • skills to perform the job, e.g. classroom observations
  • adjustment to the specific work environment, e.g. who to trust ...
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