ERIC Number: ED509984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Does Mentoring Matter? Rethinking Support for New Primary School Principals in Barbados, West Indies
Henry, Sylvia M.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Denver, CO, Apr 30-May 4, 2010)
In more and more systems of accountability new principals, in particular, have felt unprepared for leadership. This study examines a localized educational system which has no formal preparation program for new or prospective principals. These new principals were overwhelmed when faced with increased levels of responsibility and were retiring prematurely. In this mixed-methods descriptive study, the researcher examined the literature to determine the practicality of mentoring in the localized context in the absence of a formal preparation program and investigated the statistical significance of the perceptions and needs of these principals in preparation for the implementation of a formal preparation program for new principals. The statistically significant results of the quantitative aspect of this study revealed that it was not by chance that new principals perceive that mentoring and the acquisition of self-awareness skills are critical to their performance and must play a significant role in any leadership preparation program. These perceptions were substantiated in the qualitative interviews with surprising gender-related revelations.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Barbados