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Contemporary pressures on school-based research: A cautionary tale for school leaders

Authors
  • Smith, Megan1
  • Thrupp, Martin1
  • Barrett, Patrick1
  • 1 University of Waikato, Hamilton , (New Zealand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice
Publisher
Exeley Inc.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
34
Pages
45–64
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21307/jelpp-2020-001
Source
Exeley
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

School-based research has historically played an important role within the education system contributing to our understanding of the organisation and practice of formal education. Supported by relevant literature, this article reports on current challenges in conducting school-based research in Aotearoa New Zealand as experienced by one researcher. It suggests that conducting school-based research is becoming increasingly difficult, with possible explanations for this being the divergent workflows of researcher and school-based participant(s), the volume of demands on teachers and schools, and restricted roles for teachers and parents, which increase the risk of research fatigue. The article argues that although school-based research is rarely an immediate priority for school leaders, it is imperative that they support it if they want to be informed by its insights for policy and practice.

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