Mentoring Prospective Principals: Determinants of Productive Mentor–Mentee Relationship

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Mentoring contributes to prospective principals’ growth, easing their transition from the role of teacher to that of administrator. This article reports findings from a study aimed at examining the determinant factors affecting the mentor–mentee relationship in a uniquely designed principal preparation program in New York City. The study population comprised 18 prospective principals and 6 acting principals serving as mentors. Data were collected via semistructured individual interviews and written reports. Data analysis reveals three main categories as determinants of a productive mentor–mentee relationship: personal characteristics, professional discourse, and time and frequency of communication. Findings are analyzed and coupled with recommendations for creating successful and productive mentor–mentee relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-65
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Reform
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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