Podcasts: research into school leadership

Dr Kris NeedhamDr Kristine Needham presents the research into school leadership podcasts. Each podcast is about 20 minutes in length. They contain a brief overview of a recent research article, where the research findings might be applicable in schools and a link to the source of the article plus any other supporting material. In each podcast you will hear from an author of the research and a senior school leader using research in their school. These podcasts were recorded in 2008

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Podcast one - Why research and teachers Wednesday 27 February
Podcast two - Leadership dimensions Wednesday 26 March
Podcast three - Partnerships Wednesday 28 May
Podcast four - Gratitude Wednesday 25 June
Podcast five - Indigenous education Wednesday 23 July

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Podcast one - Why research and teachers (Wednesday 27 February)

 

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In this first podcast, Kris interviews two people who are using research: Philippa Cordingley (Chief Executive of CUREE, Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE), Coventry, U.K.) and Mark Carter (Principal, Killara High School, Northern Sydney Region.

Philippa CordingleyOfficers from the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) work with other agencies including the General Teaching Council for England. One research section of their web site is called Research of the Month. Philippa Cordingley (Chief Executive Officer) talks about this and draws attention to the importance of school leaders acting as 'hunters and gatherers' of research. The subsequent sharing with staff of their excitement about particular articles or web sites can cause a ripple effect of acceptance of research as an important part of ongoing professional learning. These are some of the links mentioned in this interview.

Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE)
General Teaching Council U.K. (GTC)
The Research Informed Practice site (TRIPS)
Research of the month (RoM)
Blase, J. & Blase, J. article

Mark CarterIn each podcast there will be an interview with a principal explaining how research is used in their school. Mark Carter, Principal Killara High School is the first principal practitioner to be interviewed. Mark explains how research articles are used within his school and the data and recommendations are made relevant to the pedagogy of each classroom. His strategy for stimulating discussion by initially sharing research articles with particular people on the staff gives us an idea of how it could work in any school.

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Podcast two - Leadership dimensions (Wednesday, 26 March)

 

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Viviane RobinsonViviane Robinson is Professor of Education at the University of Auckland.  She is an organisational psychologist, specialising in school effectiveness and improvement, leadership and the relationship between research and the improvement of practice.  She has recently published a book based on her experience teaching teachers how to do research that is both rigorous and relevant to their job situation (Robinson, V.M.J., & Lai, M.K., 2006, Practitioner research for educators: A guide to improving classrooms and schools, Corwin Press).

Most recently, Viviane has been involved as a writer of the Best Evidence Synthesis on Educational Leadership and student outcomes.  This work is part of the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s Best Evidence Synthesis program which is designed to support a more evidence-based policy making process as well as to make relevant research findings accessible to school practitioners.

Robinson, V.M. (2010) Does leadership affect education? YouTube video (2min 8 sec)

The challenge of leadership (2009) NZ Educational Gazette

Robinson, V.M. (2007) School leadership and student outcomes: Identifying what works and why. Monograph No. 41 Australian Council for Educational Leaders: Winmalee.

Robinson, V.M. (2007) Table 1: Leadership Dimensions Derived from 11 Studies of Effects of Leadership on Student Outcomes, page 8 from above monograph listing the five dimensions discussed in the interview.

Robinson, V.M. (2007) The impact of leadership on student outcomes: Making sense of the evidence, ACER research Conference.

Robinson, V.M. (2007) How School Leaders Make a Difference to their Students, paper presented to the 2007 International Confederation of Principals, Auckland, April 02, 2007

Maria HardyThe principal practitioner featured this month is Maria Hardy, Principal Bondi Beach Public School. The staff at this school are using research everyday to improve student outcomes. They regularly access published research and also conduct their own action research. In this interview Maria is talking about drawing on research into strategies to support student writing and also into distributed leadership to address an identified learning problem at the school. One of the research sites she mentioned from the U.K was Andrell Education - the home of 2020 Vision and Ros Wilson.

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Podcast three - Partnerships (Wednesday, 28 May)

 

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Stephen BillettStephen Billett is the Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane.  He has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer within the Australian vocational education system. In particular, since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work, and has published widely in the fields of vocational learning, workplace learning and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes. In the podcast he talks about his latest article. (abstract)

Billett, S., Ovens, C., Clemans, A. & Seddon, T., (2007) Collaborative working and contested practices: forming, developing and sustaining social partnerships in education (pdf document)

Stacey QuinnThe deputy principal practitioner featured this month is Stacey Quince, Deputy Principal Campbelltown Performing Arts High School. The staff at this school are dynamically using research everyday by both reviewing published research and creating their own action research. They have a partnership with an academic from the University of Western Sydney.

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Podcast four - Gratitude (Wednesday, 25 June)

 

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Stephen BillettKerry Howells is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.  Her background is in philosophy. Dr Howells has recently concluded a research study on the effects of the application of practices of gratitude by the executive, teachers and year 11 and 12 students in three metropolitan high schools in Sydney. In the podcast she talks about her latest article on these research findings. (abstract)

Howells, Kerry (2007) Practising Gratitude to enhance learning and teaching, Education Connect, Occasional Papers about Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Education, Issue 8, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and Hunter Institute of Mental Health, pages 12-15 (pdf document)

Cathy DonaldsonThe guest practitioner featured this month is Cathie Donaldson, Assistant Principal of Artarmon Public School. The staff at this school have been working with Dr Howells and implementing the findings of her research. Cathie coordinates the Philosophy team in the school and the staff found the gratitude research aligns with their school targets. She explains how the process they have been following.

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Podcast five - Indigenous education (Wednesday, 23 July)

 

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Chris SarraChris Sarra is the Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Leadership Institute, the result of an innovative partnership between the Queensland University of Technology, Education Queensland and several national philanthropic organisations. Chris has worked as a physical education teacher and guidance officer in schools, as a lecturer in a university and as a commonwealth public servant. He has won national and international acclaim for his achievements as Principal of Cherbourg State School in South East Queensland. In this paper, an address to school guidance officers in Queensland, the professional standards Chris refers to are the Queensland standards. In the podcast he talks about his latest article on these research findings. (abstract)

Sarra, Chris (2007) Being Aboriginal: Some Inter-Cultural Communication Challenges for Career Development Practitioners from my Life Experiences, Address to School Counsellors (pdf document)

Australian Story 04/10/2004

Jane CameronThe guest practitioner featured this month is Jane Cameron, Principal of Glenroi Heights Public School; a school of approximately 260 students. There are 9 mainstream classes and 6 classes for students with special needs. Approximately  45% of students identify as Aboriginal. The school currently has a mobility rate of 30%. Glenroi Heights Public School is a Priority Schools Program funded school and is currently part of the School in Parnership initiative. Interagency services operate as an integral part of the school community. An Aboriginal Family Worker, The Smith Family and Brighter Futures are located within the school which also serves as a community centre. (copy of model)

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