Document Type: Original Article
Objectives: The current research aims to predict the professionalization of teachers based on the role of professional leadership of managers by mediating trust and cooperation among teachers in the city of Babol, Mazandaran, Iran.
Methods: The purpose of the current study is applicable, and according to its data collection method it has a descriptive-correlational research design. The statistical population of the study includes all teachers of the first and second grade in both the primary and high schools (N=3100) in the city of Babol in the school year of 2018-19 that a sample of 200 teachers (Female=115 and Male=85) were chosen using stratified random sampling method. All of the participants completed the surveys: professional leadership of managers, professionalization of teachers, trust and cooperation among teachers. To test the reliability of these tools, Cronbach's alpha was applied. Then, data were analyzed through correlation and path analysis using SPSS and LISREL software.
Results: The findings indicated that there is a positive significant relationship between the professionalization of teachers and the professional leadership of managers. Professional leadership of managers has a direct and significant effect on the professionalization of teachers. In addition, professional leadership of managers by mediating trust and cooperation among teachers has an indirect and significant effect on the professionalization of teachers.
Conclusions: The results of this research indicate the importance of the professional leadership role of managers in the professional development of teachers.