Research And Educational Leadership

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $29.95
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 45%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $29.95   
  • New (5) from $49.85   
  • Used (2) from $29.95   


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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The seven chapters raise a number of pertinent issues about relevance and rigor that deserve the attention of all researchers...Highly recommended.
Jeffrey Brooks
As a new wave of logical positivism gains momentum in the United States educational system, it is important to reflect on the lessons of history and to understand contemporary critiques of how 'scientific' research can—and cannot—inform educators’ work in schools. The chapters in this book span an impressive array of perspectives and will help researchers and practitioners alike realize the limitations and strengths of scientific research on educational leadership.
Charles Russo
Amid criticisms that research in educational leadership has lacked rigor and practicality, this book clearly and evocatively demonstrates that this complex area of inquiry involves more than merely determining what, for example, is the best reading program to be employed in a given school or class. Rather, by acknowledging that the study of educational leadership involves the full range of human art and inquiry, including, but not limited to, theory, philosophy, law, and curriculum, to name a few, the authors challenge educational researchers (and consumers) to come to grips with some of the quintessential questions that vex the professional lives of academicians and practitioners who are interested in improving the quality of leadership for our schools.
The seven chapters raise a number of pertinent issues about relevance and rigor that deserve the attention of all researchers...Highly recommended.
Gary M. Crow
I commend each of the authors in this book for stimulating the dialogue in our profession on the relevance and rigor of educational research. They all have contributed to that continuing purpose of UCEA to inform and improve research that benefits all students, families, and educators.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578865505
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: UCEA Leadership Series
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet 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.
Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)