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The paper explores the literature on the value of mentorship and the need for a greater support of mentor/mentee relationships during the professional development path of the academic principal or administrator. The paper considers the political pressures of the job, the practical challenges of the role and the relevance of demographic factors such as race, ethnicity and gender, and supports the argument that mentorship can be crucial to helping increase and diversify the pool of qualified and willing candidates for administration or principalship.
From the Paper:"In this way, we can see that the mentor can be an important source of practical, social and emotional support as one faces intractable challenges such as those being imposed by current legislative realities in education. There may be no internal way for educators, principals and administrators to remove the pressures and even inconsistencies which are provoked by the external controls levied by our political system, the presence of a qualified mentor can at least ease the mentee into these challenges with assurances that there is room for error, growth and improvement. The occupational characteristics of the role denote that while challenges are likely to be unpredictable and sometimes emotionally draining, a good mentor can help the subject develop the fortitude and understanding to face up to these challenges boldly and decisively. Indeed, the heightened emphasis on standardized testing and other practices related to No Child Left Behind has created a condition wherein the principal is found to be largely at the center of an array of very inflexible demands. The result is that the principal's performance evaluation is directly connected to the capacity of the school and its students to comport with the standards created by such legislation."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Conway, C.M. (2006). Navigating Through Induction: How a Mentor Can Help. Music Educators Journal, 92(5), 56-60.
- Cook, E. P., Heppner, M. J., & O'Brien, K. M. (2005). Multicultural and gender influences in women's career development: An ecological perspective. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 33.
- Craig, T. (2008). Spotlight On Mentoring Programmes. Peronnel Today.
- Daresh, J. (2001). What is Mentoring and Why Is It So Important. Leaders Helping Leaders.
- Echols, C. (2006). Challenges Facing Black American Principals: A Conversation About Coping. National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Online at http://cnx.org/content/m13821/latest/
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Mentoring and the Emergent Educational Leader (2012, June 01) Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/mentoring-and-the-emergent-educational-leader-151339/
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