Book about Leadership in Education
This book is is organized around questions students should ask themselves about leadership in education. We will ask and answer four. One will relate to ethics, another to theory, one to practice, and one to research.
For one question, we will focus on the integration of ethical principles with professional practice. We will expected to defend a personal philosophy of ethical practice using core values and essential principles and practices in the field. This chapter will discuss how research, from literature review to conducting research, to writing a manuscript can be done with care and integrity to meet the ethical standards of scientific research. That chapter explains how scholars apply published ethical guidelines and concepts to research.
Another chapter will demonstrate how to employ research methods. It will critique research methodologies used by scholar-practitioners and identify best practices in educational research. Five empirical articles from peer-reviewed journals are described, including, the research problem, questions, or hypotheses, the research purpose, the type of design and elements of the design, threats to validity and if and how addressed, and the findings and implications. There will be notes about when the articles makes a compelling case for the meaning and significance of the findings
Using selected articles, the chapter will assess how the research study might have been conducted differently. Some issues addressed will be, the research questions, the research purpose, the type of design and elements of the design, the strengths and weaknesses of alternative designs and methods. Also addressed will be, quantitative: threats to validity and how they can be answered, quantitative: the constructs to measure and how to determine how to operationalize them. Justification for why the chosen design and methods are more appropriate for the research question than alternatives. Additionally, what methods of data analysis to use, and how the data you collect will produce answers to the research question and contribute to theory.
Another chapter will discuss the application of relevant theory and research to real life situations, considering social, cultural, and ethical issues as appropriate. It will include responses solving specific problems and discussing implications of ideas for application with a broad range of issues in educational leadership. Some questions answered will include, how can a theory guide or inform practice, and what are the issues involved in translating theory into practice? Additionally, some articles will be explored to address how one of the theories has actually been applied. The chapter will consider whether, the applications are premised upon an accurate understanding of the theory and its scope, do the applications “go beyond” what the theory claims, and is the reasoning linking application and theory sound?
Another chapter explores specialized knowledge in educational leadership, through integration and synthesis of relevant theory and conceptual principles. This chapter demonstrate comprehension and critical thinking using the body of knowledge attained in the field. It will compare and contrast at least three theories applicable to educational leadership. Using one of those theories, additional sources will be used to explain how the theory adds or may add to the understanding of the field. It will also include a discussion of any controversy and unanswered questions in the theory.