How mentor principals interpret the mentoring process using metaphors

Chen Schechter, Florit Firuz

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The study focused on how principal mentors perceived the mentoring process by means of the metaphors they used to represent it. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 18 principal mentors. Findings were analysed qualitatively, generating themes as an inductive process, grounded in the various metaphors articulated by participants. Analysis of the research findings revealed five themes based on principal mentors metaphors: exposure and mirroring, modelling, giving, empowering and supporting. Exploring the mentoring principals metaphors may help to improve both the mentoring process and the practical training of principal preparation programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-387
Number of pages23
JournalSchool Leadership and Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2015

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  • mentoring
  • metaphors
  • principal preparation programme
  • principals


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