Chapter 28: Educational leadership research methods: a social reconstruction
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This chapter will present a critical exploration of research designs and methods followed by a call for educational leadership researchers to think about the interconnectivity between methods and the discoveries of new leadership theories. While meant to be a provocation, the chapter is based on a straightforward proposition, that is, the development of new leadership theories calls for alternative research methods. It calls for educational researchers to free themselves from prescriptive and formulaic methods and procedures and to be more openly descriptive and critical as well as creatively synthetic. Using a disruptive artistic metaphor (i.e., the cut-up method), research methods have been re-considered in innovative ways that potentially bridge - or jump together - the contributive strengths of both science and the humanities. Then, a philosophically derived metaphor (i.e., family resemblances) pushes researchers to operationalize - methodologically - the complex relationships among leadership/school constructs.

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