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A little more madness in our methods?: a snapshot of how the educational leadership, management and administration field conducts research

Thomson, Pat

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Pat Thomson patricia.thomson@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The field of educational leadership, management and administration (ELMA) uses methods drawn primarily from cognate educational disciplines. But does this matter? This paper explores the methods used in recently published papers through a snapshot of six issues of six ELMA journals. The analysis showed a preponderance of survey, interview and case study methods, with one journal, JEAH, also publishing papers using methods drawn from history, philosophy and sociology. The snapshot also revealed the methods that were rarely used – for example, ethnography, visual and on-line methods. Through a Bourdieusian lens, the paper argues that the ELMA field appears to be removed from methods developments and debates in the wider educational and social science fields. There may thus be mileage in the ELMA field considering the use of additional methods, including the ‘wilder’ ones. The field might also benefit from understanding methods as more than tools and as practices possessed of a social life.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Educational Administration and History
Print ISSN 0022-0620
Electronic ISSN 1478-7431
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Thomson, P. (in press). A little more madness in our methods?: a snapshot of how the educational leadership, management and administration field conducts research. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49(3), doi:10.1080/00220620.2017.1315381
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2017.1315381
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00220620.2017.1315381
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Educational Administration and History on 20 April 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/00220620.2017.1315381

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