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Quantitative Research Methods Training in Education Leadership and Administration Preparation Programs as Disciplined Inquiry for Building School Improvement Capacity

Bowers, Alex J.

The quantitative research methods course is a staple of graduate programs in education leadership and administration. Historically, these courses serve to train aspiring district and school leaders in fundamental statistical research topics. This article argues for programs to focus as well in these courses on helping aspiring leaders develop skills as practitioner-scholars, including deepening their practice around data analytics, providing opportunities to read and evaluate peer-reviewed research, analyzing data using current methods, and applying findings to facilitate building evidence-based improvement cycles in their schools. Additional data leadership training should be offered for the practicing administrator, educational quantitative analyst, research specialist and district data scientist.

KEYWORDS: Quantitative Methods, Statistical Analysis, Educational Administration, School Administration, Leadership, College Programs, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Study, Methods Courses, Methods Research, Data Analytics, Data Science, Design-based research, Continuous Improvement

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Journal of Research on Leadership Education
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https://doi.org/10.1177/1942775116659462

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Education Leadership
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June 20, 2017

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This document is a pre-print of this manuscript, published in the Journal of Research on Leadership Education. Citation:
Bowers, A.J. (2017) Quantitative Research Methods Training in Education Leadership and Administration Preparation Programs as Disciplined Inquiry for Building School Improvement Capacity. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 12(1), p.72-96. http://doi.org/10.1177/1942775116659462