Attitudes towards staff mentoring by senior leaders of a College of Education in Ghana

Akama, Freeman and Keenan, John (2022) Attitudes towards staff mentoring by senior leaders of a College of Education in Ghana. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1360-080X

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Ten interviews of senior leaders gave a clear picture about what they considered mentoring should be in a College of Education in Ghana – a coaching model of directive instruction and a hierarchical transfer of skills and knowledge. While mentoring was viewed as a central part of a training teacher’s course, funds, attitudes and workload did not allow for in-house mentoring of staff. These findings are discussed with observations of how gender and reli-gious cultural expectation affected the responses of the senior leaders and how the management structure at the college may be inhibiting it from implementing a system of mentoring. This paper was written as a collaboration between educational lecturers in Ghana and the UK and brings a global perspective on the situation. It concludes with recommendations to managers of educational institutions to implement a mentoring structure and widen the definition of what it means to be a mentor.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Initial Teacher Education
Depositing User: Ms Hazel Barham
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 14:45
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2023 11:06

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