Lumby, Jacky, Foskett, Nick and Fidler, Brian
Editorial. Researching educational leadership and management
Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 33, (2), . (doi:10.1177/1741143205051979).
Consideration of the quality, relevance and utility of research in educational leadership and management has been a growing concern of researchers, policy makers and practitioners, but there is little agreement about its current state or priorities for development. The article reflects on the key criticisms that have been made of research in educational leadership and management, in this issue and elsewhere. It considers how we might begin to devise better ways of understanding its audiences, judging its quality and identifying priorities for the future. It argues that the research reflects its capture by those with particular interests or values, and impacts in ways which are complex and indirect. If educational leadership and management research is to be secure in its perceived value and contribution in the future, several developments are needed, including a greater emphasis on interdisciplinarity, an expansion of the range of methodologies, particularly quantative studies, and that these shifts must be evident in training researchers as well as in the conduct of research.
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