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ERIC Number: ED409300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The School Principal as Coach.
Veenman, Simon
This paper describes the preliminary findings of a training program to develop skills of Dutch primary school principals in coaching teachers for improved teaching. The major research questions addressed whether the 28 school principals who participated in the training program implemented the target coaching skills whether teachers coached by the trained school perceived a change in the coaching skills of the school principals. A training manual was developed and used in a one-day workshop for the principals focusing on skills relevant to the confrontational conference, pre-conference, observation, and post-conference. A quasi-experimental, treatment-controlled group investigation was used to test the effects of the training program. The coaching of trained versus untrained school principals (n=21) was rated by expert judges. Then the coaching of the trained versus untrained school principals was rated by the coached teachers. Based on the pre- and post-training ratings of coaching conferences, a significant treatment effect was found in regard to coaching skills concerned with the development of autonomy (empowerment), feedback, and agreement on classroom observational goals. Although the training was directed at the functions of consulting and confronting, the majority of the school principals conducted coaching conferences that emphasized consulting. (Contains 31 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands