Research and Educational Leadership is the first book to directly address the implications of the National Research Council's (NRC's) Scientific Research in Education (2002) in the fields of educational leadership and school administration. This text points out the strengths and weaknesses of the NRC's recommendations and specifically identifies areas that are not likely to lead to either theoretical or practical advances in practice or new knowledge if the NRC's guidelines become dominant in determining the value of research. Research and Educational Leadership is an invaluable tool in rethinking how research is conducted in educational leadership and how public and private funding agencies should view research proposals for improving leadership practices in schools. It is also a key resource for teaching researchers to think more deeply about school leadership as they engage in dissertation research. Practitioners will also find the work an important reference in understanding what kinds of research are likely to promote improved comprehension of leadership practices and social justice.
About the Author
Fenwick W. English is the R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a former public superintendent of schools, middle school principal, classroom teacher, and author or co-author of more than twenty books in educational leadership. Gail C. Furman is professor and program coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at Washington State University and a past president of the University Council for Educational Administration. She has published numerous books and articles on her research emphases_moral leadership, community, and ecojustice.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The NRC's Scientific Research in Education: It Isn't Even Wrong! Chapter 4 Scientific Research in Education: Implications for Culturally Sensitive Research Frameworks in Educational Leadership Chapter 5 The Political Paradoxes of Scientific Research in Education Chapter 6 "Scientific" Research and the New Narrative for Educational Leadership Chapter 7 What's a Researcher to Do? Insights for "Post-Anything" Researchers Chapter 8 Standards for Research(er) Integrity in Educational Leadership: Implications for Current and Future Researchers Chapter 9 Research on Educational Leadership: Knowledge We Need for the World We Live In