Carrying out leadership research in educational establishments can be challenging, but it is also rewarding. This accessible book offers sound practical advice and a clear conceptual framework for this research. Drawing on their extensive expertise, the authors show you how to prepare to carry out research, design research tools, and report and reflect on the results.
Students using the book are supported by features such as:
key learning objectives in each chapter
examples of research tools derived from real leadership project figures
explanation of key terms and questions
further reading and key web links for each chapter.
This text will be of interest to Masters' and Doctoral level students, academics in the field of educational leadership and management and all those who wish to research a wide range of issues connected with the operation of schools and institutions of further and higher education.
Professor Mark Brundrett is Professor of Educational Research and Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation Services at Liverpool John Moores University (CERES). Dr Christopher Rhodes is Senior Lecturer in Education and Director of the Doctor of Education Programme in Educational Leadership at the University of Birmingham.
PART ONE: PREPARING TO CARRY OUT RESEARCH ON EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Introduction: Key Issues in Research on Educational Leadership Theories of Educational Research Ensuring Reliability, Validity or 'Trustworthiness' in Research Reviewing Existing Ideas to Develop a Conceptual Framework PART TWO: DESIGNING AND USING RESEARCH TOOLS FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP RESEARCH Developing a Sample Questionnaire Research Interviews and Focus Groups Using Observation Documentary Analysis Action Research and Practitioner Inquiry PART THREE: ANALYSING DATA AND REPORTING THE FINDINGS OF RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS Analysing Quantitative Data Analysing Qualitative Data The Uses of Leadership Research Conclusions: Writing Reports and Making Sense of Outcomes