Mentoring in the leading across effective small schools program : the perspectives of 'critical friends'

Starr, Karen 2009, Mentoring in the leading across effective small schools program : the perspectives of 'critical friends', in Willing to lead : leading across effective small schools, School Workforce Reform and School Improvement Division Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Melbourne, Vic., pp.69-74.

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Title Mentoring in the leading across effective small schools program : the perspectives of 'critical friends'
Author(s) Starr, Karen
Title of book Willing to lead : leading across effective small schools
Editor(s) Starr, Karen
White, Simone
Publication date 2009
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 8
Start page 69
End page 74
Total pages 6
Publisher School Workforce Reform and School Improvement Division Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Place of Publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary In this chapter, I refer to the reflections of Wendy Graham and Carolyn Scott who were ‘critical friends’ or mentors working alongside school leaders in the Leading across Effective Small Schools (LAESS) program. As recently retired principals of small rural schools, the mentors offered support, encouragement and advice to LAESS participants in order to enhance collegial cross-school improvement and develop leadership skills. These perspectives provide another important dimension to this book, because a mentor or critical friend can be more objective and see the bigger picture more clearly. Mentors are removed from day-today school life, yet importantly these mentors have ‘insider’ or situated knowledge about small rural school contexts and leadership which assists current school leaders to reflect on their practice and grow as leaders. The chapter also draws on comments from mentors, which emerged in independent formal evaluations of the LAESS program conducted by Carol Oakley.
Notes This chapter is available on the 69th page in the attached link.
ISBN 9780759405318
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category BN Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, State of Victoria
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019396

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