Leading with Passion and Knowledge The Principal as Action Researcher

ISBN-10: 1412967058
ISBN-13: 9781412967051
Edition: 2009
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Description: Best-selling author Nancy Dana applies the tenets and success of the teacher research movement to the professional development of principals. Through action research, administrators can gain deeper insights into their practice and strengthen their  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 5/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Best-selling author Nancy Dana applies the tenets and success of the teacher research movement to the professional development of principals. Through action research, administrators can gain deeper insights into their practice and strengthen their leadership role in school improvement efforts. In this new book, Dana offers principals a step-by-step resource on how to become the "head learners" in their school buildings. This book: Takes prinicipals clearly through each step in the research process: developing a question, collectingand analyzing data, sharing the results of their inquiry with all stakeholders, and assessing the quality of their own as well as others' inquiry Identifies and explores nine "passions," or topic areas for research: staff development, curriculum development, individual teachers, individual students, school culture, leadership, building management, school performance, and social justice Includes numerous examples of actual principal inquiry to illustrate each step of the research process Provides exercises to guide principals through their own inquiry projects

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years.nbsp; During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry.

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Administrator Inquiry Defined
What Is Administrator Inquiry?
How Is Administrator Inquiry or Action Research Different From Traditional Educational Research?
What Is the Relationship Between Administrator Inquiry and Principal Professional Growth?
What Are the Benefits of Engaging in Inquiry?
How Do I Find Time to Engage in Inquiry as a Principal?
What Are Some Contexts That Are Ripe for Principal Inquiry?
Chapter 1 Exercises
The Passions That Drive Your Journey: Finding a Wondering
Where Do I Find My Wonderings and Questions?
Some Cautionary Notes
Chapter 2 Exercises
The Road Map: Developing a Data Collection Plan
Quantitative Measures of Student Achievement (Standardized Test Scores, Assessment Measures, Grades)
Fieldnotes
Interviews
Documents/Artifacts/Student Work
Digital Pictures
Video
Reflective Journals and/or Weblogs
Surveys
Literature
When Do I Collect Data, and How Much Do I Collect?
Chapter 3 Exercises
The Navigation of Uncertain Terrain: Analyzing Data
Confront the Data Analysis Task
Take Control of the Data Analysis Task by Keeping It Simple
Follow Four Steps to Data Analysis
Have Colleagues Help in the Process
An Illustration of the Data Analysis Process
Chapter 4 Exercises
The Travelogue: Sharing Your Work With Others
Why Is It Important to Share My Work With Others?
With Whom Do I Share My Work?
How Do I Share My Work?
What's Important to Share?
Chapter 5 Exercises
The Continuing Journey as "Head Learner": Assessing the Quality of Inquiry
Why Is It Important to Assess the Quality of My Work?
What Is the Difference Between Generalizability and Transferability?
How Do I Go About Assessing Practitioner Research Quality, and Why Is It So Difficult to Do
What Are Some Quality Indicators for Practitioner Research?
What Are Some Ways of Enhancing Inquiry Quality?
Chapter 6 Exercises
References
Index

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