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ERIC Number: EJ782763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Flying (Partially) Blind: School Leaders' Use of Research in Decision Making
Fusarelli, Lance D.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n5 p365-368 Jan 2008
There is a common perception that educational leaders ignore research when they make decisions about school improvement. In this article, the author argues that when the research is relevant to practitioners' needs and when school leaders foster a culture of data literacy, the picture changes. School leaders do use research to inform decision making. But they don't use it in the traditional way. Instead, they tend to rely more on applied, data-based, or action research than on traditional academic research produced by outsiders. Instead of constantly reinventing the wheel, making decisions through trial and error, or, worse, making decisions in the dark--an all too common practice--school leaders who use action research and engage in data-based decision making are able to promote more coherent and effective systemic reform. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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