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Research methods in educational leadership: looking forward to an era of innovative inquiry

The subject of this eBook is research methods in educational leadership: looking forward to an era of innovative inquiry. Authors discuss varied topics under the subject heading of research in educational leadership, including essential dynamics to consider when using qualitative research to design and conduct studies into educational leadership, discourse analysis and the study of educational leadership, a social network perspective on leadership and change, critical turns in research on educational leadership and policy, and a perspective of waiting for a paradigm shift in educational research. Papers also include a call for historical research into the topic and the challenges to and the need for international research in educational leadership, and the eBook concludes with an application of Habermas’s Theory of Communicative Action when explicating metatheory for mixed methods research in educational leadership.


Considering critical turns in research on educational leadership and policy,Discourse analysis and the study of educational leadership,Explicating metatheory for mixed methods research in educational leadership: an application of Habermas’s Theory of Communicative Action,Foregrounding the role of relationships in reform: a social network perspective on leadership and change,Innovatus interregnum: waiting for a paradigm shift,Qualitative research and educational leadership: essential dynamics to consider when designing and conducting studies,The challenges to and the need for international research in educational leadership,The past as more than prologue: a call for historical research

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