Keith Douglas Walker

Keith Douglas Walker
University of Saskatchewan | U of S · Dept of Educational Administration

Ph.D., D.D. (Hon)

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July 1991 - October 2017
University of Saskatchewan
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Publications (643)
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Christian clergy are at risk of experiencing the negative impacts of role-related stress and adversity, especially burnout. The findings reported in this article were derived from a Canadian mix-methods study that collected data through an online survey with 519 clerics, 13 one-on-one interviews, and interpretation panels. Adversity themes identifi...
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Research has shown that university students face higher distress than the general population; further, those in helping professions are at a higher risk. A survey was distributed to preservice teachers in one Bachelor of Education program to understand their perceptions of wellbeing and resilience. Results indicated that students' satisfaction decl...
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Background Nursing presence has been viewed as a valuable way to create therapeutic relationships and has been linked to better health outcomes for patients and families. However, whether nursing presence can be described and how parents in pediatric oncology experience this phenomenon remains unanswered. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to...
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Clergy play significant leadership, educational, and caregiving roles in society. However, burnout is a concern for the clergy profession, those they serve, and their families. Effects include decreased ministry effectiveness, lower sense of personal accomplishment in their role, and negative impacts on quality of family life and relationships. Giv...
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Principals influence and shape school cultures in ways that no other persons or roles can. This chapter provides descriptions of two high school principals operationalizing their interpretations of what servant leadership is in their dayto-day in-school experiences. Highlights of their observed behavior and reflections on their interactions and min...
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Resilience is a helpful construct when considering how to support clergy well-being. The purpose of this study was to gain knowledge about clergy resilience, specifically those resources that clergy perceived had supported their professional resilience. The study gave attention to aspects of preservice training and professional development that hel...
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Featuring voices from academics, practitioners, school system leaders, school administrators, and graduate students from across Canada and abroad, this unique edited collection offers conceptual discussions and empirical examples of leadership for flourishing in a variety of educational contexts. This volume affirms that by fostering positive leade...
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With the recent surge of “religious nones” in many Western nations, there is a growing interest among some church attenders to effectively “reach” this demographic. In this article, we build on theories of strictness and social embeddedness to tackle three questions regarding evangelistic belief and behavior in Canadian Catholic, mainline Protestan...
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This article investigates discipleship in Canada, with a focus on spiritual and discipleship practices and processes that help to facilitate spiritual growth among congregants. The study draws on survey data from over 250 Catholic, mainline, and conservative Protestant congregations, with over 9100 participating congregants. The data shows how thos...
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Understanding the dynamics of trust is an imperative undertaking for educational leaders. In this book, using an ecological perspective of the lifecycle, the authors situate trust as an essential ingredient of school leaders’ moral agency and ethical decision making. Based on their 15 years of research on trust in education, the authors describe t...
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Our pan-Canadian research study examined the differential impact of teacher induction and mentorship programs on the early-career teachers' retention. Using the results from a pan-Canadian Teacher Induction Survey (N = 1343), we compared ECTs' experiences with induction, mentorship and career development within their first five years. Findings poin...
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Most educators will agree that they would love to see each student and staff member in schools flourish. Furthermore, it would be great to see entire communities experience the transformative power of circumstances that feature happy and vibrant learning. However, what does it mean to experience flourishing in schools? What is the role of positive...
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Undergraduate nursing students report high levels of stress which can negatively impact their overall wellness, and their academic and clinical performance. Despite this knowledge, there are few studies that have examined the well-being of nursing students and their ability to demonstrate resilience. Therefore, the purpose of this exploratory study...
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Decline and downsizing often create organizational conditions that are tension-filled, problematic, disruptive, and prone to unethical behaviour. It is common for educational organizations to face discontinuity of services and reduction of personnel; therefore, it is important to understand the relationship between declining organizations and the e...
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The general education (GE) literature suggests that there is a mismatch of courses offered to students in Iranian higher education institutions such that the needs of 21st-century students are unmet by these curricula. This article points to the missing pieces in terms of learning and content gaps in many of the undergraduate GE programs designed u...
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Article Info School administrators are expected to undertake a variety of roles and responsibilities with regard to facilitating the ongoing professional development of teachers in their schools. Administering formal or informal mentoring initiatives is a typical strategy employed for supporting early career teachers [ECTs] as they adjust to school...
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In this conceptual article the authors outline an approach to leadership in higher education that foregrounds attention to wholeness and wellbeing, framing emotion as inherent to the practice of leadership, with all organizing actions inseparable from and influenced by emotion. The article is framed within findings from their research on wellbeing...
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In our multi-year pan-Canadian research study, we examined the differential impact of induction and mentorship programs on ECTs’ retention across the provinces and territories of Canada. This article outlines the results from a pan-Canadian Teacher Induction Survey (N=1343) that elicited ECTs’ perceptions of induction and mentorship programs, with...
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The review of the literature on role of the school administrator in teacher induction and mentoring programs elicited the emergence of the following four categories: (1) objective duties and responsibilities for early career teacher support; (2) types, patterns, and formats of support; (3) benefits and impacts of school administrators’ involvement;...
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Early career teachers (ECTs) are situated in a dynamic contextual landscape that both influences their development and practice and dictates professional expectations for instruction and professional learning. This systematic review of international research literature sought to establish the understanding of teacher induction and mentoring program...
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Purpose Building on findings from research designed to bring to description teachers’ own understandings of what it means to flourish in their work, the purpose of this paper is to show how principals and teacher–leaders in schools are agents capable of building developmental relationships and mentoring cultures that can orient and support teachers...
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What might pastoral leaders in flourishing congregations have to say to theological educators in preparing leaders for the church and visa-versa? Drawing on interviews and focus groups with over one hundred pastoral/denominational leaders across Canada, four key themes emerged: (1) Equipping the Saints; (2) Practical Discipleship Training; (3) Spir...
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en The policy and practice of public administration are caught between two seemingly incommensurate goals. Public servants are expected to be responsible to the oversight and control of democratically elected governments, yet, as the policy space becomes more complex, are forced to exercise more judgment and discretion in their responsibilities. In...
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A paper presented at the Global Conference on Education and Research in Sarasota, FL
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Our multi-phase pan-Canadian research study examined the differential impact of teacher induction and mentorship programs on the retention of early-career teachers (ECTs). One of the research phases-interviews-explored the lived experiences of novice professionals during their first years of teaching as they dealt with requirements, expectations, a...
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This article is based on an extensive mixed-methods pan-Canadian study that examined the differential impact of teacher induction and mentorship programs on the retention of early career teachers (ECTs). It discusses the findings from the analysis of publicly available pan-Canadian documents detailing the mandated roles, duties, and responsibilitie...
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How do Canadian congregational and denominational leaders in Catholic, mainline, and conservative Protestant settings perceive and define what constitutes a flourishing congregation? Drawing on interview and focus group data with over one hundred leaders across Canada, we bring to description the perceptions, narratives, and experiences that church...
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This book provides perspectives and insights across the educational system for how we might move toward living out this wish in all schools. The chapters provide perspectives on fundamental questions that have been guiding recent research on wellbeing in schools: How do school communities flourish together? How does supporting educator wellbeing co...
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Our pan-Canadian research study examined the differential impact of teacher induction and mentorship programs on the early career teachers' retention. This article details the stories from our interview participants (N=36) in relation to what their lived experiences were during their first years of teaching and how they dealt with the requirements,...
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A paper presented at the 1st Annual Scientific Meeting of the CPPA in Toronto, ON
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Grounded in research that explores flourishing schools and positive educational leadership, this book advocates for much more attention on teacher wellbeing. Offering a blend of theory and practice, this book is written to engage teachers, groups of teachers, and school leaders in conversations that help make sense of the often overwhelming demands...
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Mindful Alignment: Foundations of Educator Flourishing develops a foundation for educators to flourish by promoting self-awareness as a mindful approach to ongoing professional inquiry. It entails paying attention to three aspects—wellbeing; positive relationships; and living from strengths, passions, and purposes—detailing several practices that,...
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Purpose – This paper documents findings from a qualitative research project on flourishing in schools using a positive organizational research approach. The purpose of this paper is to uncover and bring to description educators’ experiences of the conditions, forces and influencing factors for flourishing in their context. The main objectives were...
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A paper presented at the International Congress of School Improvement and Effectiveness in Singapore
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Background: With current emphasis on leadership in medicine, this study explores Goleman's leadership styles of medical education leaders at different hierarchical levels and gain insight into factors that contribute to the appropriateness of practices. Methods: Forty two leaders (28 first-level with limited formal authority, eight middle-level...
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The high teacher attrition rates have caught the attention of policy makers and educational leaders at the international arena: in many countries, teachers abandon the profession in their first two to five years, feeling depressed and discouraged. Despite the persistence of this phenomenon for almost two decades, no recent pan-Canadian statistics o...
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Anchored within the pan-Canadian research exploration of teacher induction and mentorship programs, this hopeful and resource-filled book provides a unique collection of perspectives on the bliss and blisters of early career teaching. Over 40 educators offer a wide, deep, and rich array of descriptions of, and prescriptions for, both the difficult...
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Our internationally focused, systematic review of research literature explored a variety of contextual factors that affect experiences of beginning teachers and how these factors are addressed in the programs of support for new and beginning teachers. The transition and socialization processes that accompany early-career teachers, as well as effort...
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We often hear questions like "What must that leader have been thinking?" "What possessed her to do that?" "That leader needs to give his head a shake!" or "It is so disappointing to see the pain caused by one wrong-headed and self-serving leader!" This chapter describes how leaders may subtly fall into rationalization, self-justification, foolishne...
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It is well known that trust is an essential, yet a fragile part of organizational life. Because trust sometimes has to be placed without guarantees, it will inevitably be broken, violated, and damaged when parties involved in trustworthy relationships let others down. When trust-destroying events occur, trust is shattered and its level plummets qui...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify and elaborate on the construct of flourishing in schools as understood through the stories and explanations provided by a small group of public school principals. Framed within a positive organizational perspective, the specific objectives of this study are: to identify how school leaders understan...
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The purpose of this article is to examine the perceptions and experiences of fairness amongst Muslim post-secondary students based on our gathering of data using a web-based survey. The participants, 189 Muslim students, were reached via student organizations, national and local Muslim organizations, and Muslim student groups organized on Facebook....
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As a fundamental concept in human interactions, trust is important for understanding and mediating the social structures in schools. The instrumental work of cultivating, brokering, and maintaining trust in schools lies within the role of the school administrator. Our exploratory study examined the Canadian school principals’ perceptions of their m...
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This report details our recent systematic review of international research literature on formal programs of support for beginning teachers. In particular, this review sought to establish the understanding of formal and programmatic support provided to beginning teachers through the following research questions: 1. Which nations and regions are rep...
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In this chapter, we re-imagine educational improvement and how we might measure schools in ways that encourage and privilege the best of our human experiences in and through the fulfilling work of teaching and learning—the core work of schools. We suggest that the time is right for conceiving of a future education where the primary role of the teac...
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This descriptive study provides a rich portrait of moral agency and ethical decision-making processes among a sample of Canadian school principals. Using an ethical responsibility framework linking moral agency and transformational leadership, the researchers found that 1) modeling moral agency is important for encouraging others to engage their ow...
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In this conceptual paper, we analyze the role of trust in developing successful mentoring relationships within induction programs. As such, we emphasize the three domains, or tridimensionality, of trust, which pertain to trust shared between: (a) protégé and mentor, (b) mentor and school administrator, and(c) protégé and school administrator. We be...
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Leadership has a renewed focus in healthcare, and physicians are being increasingly involved in a range of leadership roles. The aim of this paper is to discuss several dualities that exert tensions at the systems and individual levels. Although oppositional, the common dualities of physician leadership are not mutually exclusive but represent a co...
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During the past quarter century, the authors have designed, tested, and refined the Adaptive Mentorship © (AM) model within the internship component of teacher education programs. They also asked mentorship programmers from a variety of other professional disciplines to consider adapting the model in the mentoring/supervisory phase of their respect...
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Adaptive Mentorship (AM) is a mentoring model the authors have developed over a 21-year period. Mentor-protpairs originally applied it in teacher-education internship programs; however, the authors have subsequently witnessed its adoption by other mentorship/coaching practitioners/researchers across the professions.In this report, the authors descr...
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As establishing and fostering trust are imperative activities for school leaders, cognizance of the fundamental importance of trust is essential for the leader’s moral agency and ethical decision-making. In this article, we use an ecological perspective to uncover the dynamics of the lifecycle of trust as evident from extant literature on leadershi...
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Ideas about human flourishing, once the purview of philosophy, have crossed disciplinary lines and these notions are being taken up in research in the social sciences such as psychology and organizational studies. Schools have long been the domain of those attending to factors allied to children’s flourishing, and educational researchers have endea...
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This article describes Canadian school principals’ (n=177) perceptions of the factors that constitute their ethical decisions, the grounds, and the strategies for ethical decision-making in their school work. For the participants, primary factors that made decisions ethical were truthfulness and honesty; alignment with values; doing what is best fo...
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In recent years, global interest in the processes of mentorship and coaching has expanded across all disciplinary fields. Educational institutions, commercial enterprises, and other organizations have integrated mentorship processes into their educational programs to help prepare/train proteges for entry into a specific professions or occupations a...
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A Guide to Ontario School Law is a comprehensive, non-partisan, fair-reading of provincial educational statutes, regulations, and relevant policies that will be a first-aid and reference to the lay reader. Our goal is to provide an up-to-date, accessible, and user-friendly guide to various legal parameters for teachers, aspiring teachers, trustees,...
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In this article, the authors unpack taken-for-granted elements in a question central to their research and teaching: “What if the primary role of teachers is to learn how to thrive as educators and, in so doing, to continually co-explore and facilitate all means by which everyone in their learning communities flourishes most of the time?” As they e...
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This paper describes three mentorship workshops facilitated in Fiji, which were part of 11 such sessions recently conducted throughout the Pacific island region. The authors investigated the findings that emerged in these three workshops as part of an ongoing leadership initiative co-sponsored and co- funded by five institutions: Leadership Pacif...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the details of the experiences and meanings that adolescents associate with spirituality. This exploratory qualitative study used focus group discussions to uncover the experiences of 22 adolescents ages 16-19 years from two midwestern Canadian high schools. Three themes emerged: understandings of spirituali...
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In this article, two indigenous post-interns, who completed their 16-week extended-teaching practicum sessions in rural schools in one Western Canadian province, assess their school-based internship experiences. They summarize their perspectives in three areas: 1) the elements they perceived as positive during the internship, 2) the challenging asp...
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The purpose of this article is to present findings from two parallel qualitative studies that used focus groups to explore adolescent views of psychological wellness and healthy bodies. Nine focus groups were held with 46 adolescents aged 16-19 years from two Mid-Western Canadian high schools. Both studies were designed with an interpretive humanis...
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This article describes Adaptive Mentorship © (AM), a mentoring model designed by the authors to be applied in any coaching, supervisory, mentorship, preceptorship, apprenticeship, or training setting across the post-secondary, professional-education, or occupational-training spectrum. The authors derived the AM model from earlier contingency leader...
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The nature of ethical decision-making by educational leaders as moral agents has become a topic of increased attention in the field of educational administration. This article reports findings from a descriptive ethics study that allowed the participating Canadian school principals from the ten provinces and three territories (n=177) to express the...