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ERIC Number: EJ1150197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-0100
(Re)imagining Method in Educational Leadership and Management Research
Le Grange, Lesley
South African Journal of Education, v27 n3 p421-429 2007
Over the past thirty years we have witnessed a proliferation of educational methods/methodologies aimed at helping us to make sense of the world--to provide clarity about the meaning of social reality. However, although these methods/methodologies are useful frameworks, they do not capture fully the untidy realities of the real world. The discipline of Educational Leadership and Management is embedded in a broader social world and therefore resonates with in fields of complexity, fluidity, heterogeneity, multiplicity, unpredictability, messiness, and so on. I suggest that conventional methods do not adequately capture social/educational reality fully, and argue that research should be less concerned about seeking clarity, but should rather--in Law's terms--be concerned with seeking a "[d]isciplined lack of clarity". Put simply, methods cannot give coherence to a world that is itself incoherent. The argument presented has applicability to social science research generally, but also to the field of Educational Leadership and Management more specifically.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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