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ERIC Number: EJ805859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Resuscitating Research
Gunter, Helen M
Management in Education, v20 n2 p6-9 2006
The field of educational leadership in England is seriously ill and it could be terminal. Peter Ribbins recent paper, "Seven Precepts for Research in Leadership in Education" makes an important contribution to helping the field to examine research purposes and practice. The author has taken up the invitation to examine Ribbins' list through thinking about a project at Kingswood High School where she and a colleague were working with students as researchers. They began by working with students on developing themes and questions for a whole school student questionnaire on life, learning and futures, and they returned to the student group to analyze the data. Results of the study showed that there is a culture that adults are not part of and might not be able to penetrate, and so the assumption that adults can manage the school culture comes into question. What is needed is a student's eye view of the school and authentic involvement in identifying the issues that matter for them, together with a process that should both show and develop their responsibility for finding and implementing ways forward. In this article, the author discusses how Ribbins' seven precepts can be used as guides as to how research is conceptualized and valued in the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)