How do school leaders sort credible findings from dubious claims from the vast amount of research on what goes on in schools? How can abstract ideas be translated into dynamic plans for action? This book is a practical guide to evidence-based school leadership demonstrating the benefits that can be gained from engaging with robust educational research and offering clear guidance on applying meaningful lessons to practice. Topics include: What is evidence-based school leadership and why does it matter? How to collect data from your own school and how to analyse this evidence in order to inform strategic leadership decisions. Models for implementing school improvement and change.
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About the Author
Dr Gary Jones, @Dr Gary Jones, has been involved in education for over thirty years and has extensive experience as senior leader. Gary has a doctorate in educational management from the University of Bristol, with his dissertation focussing on the use of school development plans in primary schools. Gary has written extensively about educational leadership in his blog Evidence-Based Educational Leadership: https://evidencebasededucationalleadership.blogspot.com
Gary is a Fellow of the Center for Evidence-Based Management and is also an associate of the Expansive Education Network based at the University of Winchester, where he supports teachers engage in evidence-based practice.
In recent years Gary has spoken about evidence-based school leadership at a number of conferences both in the United Kingdom and abroad – including Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Washington DC and Gothenburg.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why do we need evidence-based school leadership?Chapter 2: What is evidence-based school leadership?Chapter 3: Asking well-formulated questionsChapter 4: Systematically searching for and retrieving evidenceChapter 5: Appraising research evidenceChapter 6: Appraising research and statisticsChapter 7: Appraising school data, stakeholder views and practitioner expertiseChapter 8: Aggregating sources of evidenceChapter 9: Applying evidence to the decision-making processChapter 10: Assessing and evaluating the outcome of the decision takenChapter 11: Leading the evidence-based schoolChapter 12: Some concluding thoughts