LIFELONG SCHOOL BASED EDUCATION IN A GREEK PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The quality of the educational process is inseparable from the teacher, who is second to none in shaping the school status quo. Teaching staff plays a crucial role in educational change, innovation and the effectiveness of pedagogical practice. Thus the personal, academic and professional development of teachers becomes one of the most important factors that determine the continuous process of educational upgrading. It is this fact that highlights teachers’ training as an essential condition for the improvement of educational work. However, school professional development programs often result in fragmentary, expensive and frequently ineffective teacher professional development which is not desirable especially during a period of economic crisis. This proposal is a follow up to a research work conducted in a private school as part of a self-evaluation project. It intends to focus on school-based in service training activities through staff induction programs utilizing mentoring groups.