Experiences of aspiring school principals receiving coaching as part of a leadership development programme
Van Nieuwerburgh, C., Barr, M., Munro, C., Noon, H. and Arifin, D. 2020. Experiences of aspiring school principals receiving coaching as part of a leadership development programme. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. 9 (3), pp. 291-306. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-11-2019-0107
|Van Nieuwerburgh, C., Barr, M., Munro, C., Noon, H. and Arifin, D.
This paper adds depth to our understanding of how coaching works by exploring the experiences of 14 aspiring school principals who received one-to-one leadership coaching as part of a leadership development programme.
This study adopts a phenomenological approach. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants. Thematic analysis was used to code the data and identify themes.
This paper reports on four themes based on the experiences of the participants: having time to reflect, feeling safe to explore, focussing on what's important for me and experiencing positive emotions.
The findings are unique to the participants who volunteered to take part in this study and therefore not representative of a general population of aspiring educational leaders. Further research is needed into the possible benefits of coaching to support educators undergoing leadership training.
The findings raise a potential dilemma within the teaching profession about the use of educators' time; while they need to give time and attention to multiple stakeholders, they also need to protect time for their own development and self-reflection. Based on the reported experiences of the participants in this study, it is recommended that coaching be considered a component of professional development for educational leaders.
This paper adds to the growing research base for coaching in education, providing a unique insight into the experiences of aspiring school principals who received one-to-one leadership coaching as part of a leadership development programme.
|International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education
|9 (3), pp. 291-306
|Emerald Publishing Limited
|Accepted author manuscript
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|27 May 2020
|Publication process dates
|21 Apr 2020
|18 Jun 2020
|© 2020 Emerald Publishing Limited
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