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Researching Educational Leadership and Management

Researching Educational Leadership and Management
Methods and Approaches

December 2013 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

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
Developing a Sample
Questionnaire Research
Interviews and Focus Groups
Using Observation
Documentary Analysis
Action Research and Practitioner Inquiry
Analysing Quantitative Data
Analysing Qualitative Data
The Uses of Leadership Research
Conclusions: Writing Reports and Making Sense of Outcomes

'Brundrett and Rhodes provide an authoritative, academically robust and highly practical and supportive guide for researchers and practitioners that will quickly become a definitive resource.'

Professor John Burnham-West
St Mary's University College

This is a book for Masters and Doctoral level students, academics in the field of educational leadership and management, and anyone who is interested in researching a wide range of issues connected with the operation of schools and institutions of further and higher education. There are key learning objectives in each chapter with examples of tools derived from real leadership project figures alongside an explanation of key terms and questions with further reading and supportive web links for each chapter.

Early Years Educator
Early Years Educator

This is a well-written text that allows the reader to follow the practical advice on leadership research within the educational facilities. It takes the reader on a journey, from the initial preparation of research to the final discussion and findings. Overall, an excellent text.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
May 10, 2019

This book is essential for any course exploring aspects of leadership in education settings.
The layout of the book is clear and logical, covering all aspects of research in this area; including research planning, selecting a methodology and writing-up research findings.
The book is ideal for any course, with a research component. It is particularly useful for students studying level 4 courses or above, as it offers the depth and breadth of research design required,
I would strongly advise any institution offering education courses in leadership and management, to use this book as essential reading.

Mr Gavin Hatton
Sociology , St David's College
January 8, 2016

An interesting book for those researching into educational leadership and management.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 26, 2015

This book is a very intersting and helpful tool for young researchers in Education leadership and management research.
The way it is organized helps the students to systematize their knowledge about the research process. Very helpful the tips about further readings.

Dr Ana Almeida
Escola de Educação, Instituto Superior de Educação e Ciências
February 17, 2015

Exceptional book, recommended to all staff undertaking PGC Higher Education Leadership and Management

Mr Kevin Walter
Computing, Gloucestershire Univ.
September 16, 2014

This is an excellent book for preparing you for educational research and can be applied to any subject.

Each stage is clearly defined and supported with relevant academic literature

Ms Melody Harrogate
EHS, Derby univeristy
September 3, 2014

I did not feel there was enough specific input relevant to leadership and management positions to differentiate it from current core texts

Mr Cathal Butler
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
April 8, 2014

A really useful text giving clear duscussion of methodologies.

Lynette Morris
Internal Quality Assurance, Chiltern Training Group
April 1, 2014

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