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Evidence-based School Leadership and Management


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Chapter 1: Why do we need evidence-based school leadership? Chapter 2: What is evidence-based school leadership? Chapter 3: Asking well-formulated questions Chapter 4: Systematically searching for and retrieving evidence Chapter 5: Appraising research evidence Chapter 6: Appraising research and statistics Chapter 7: Appraising school data, stakeholder views and practitioner expertise Chapter 8: Aggregating sources of evidence Chapter 9: Applying evidence to the decision-making process Chapter 10: Assessing and evaluating the outcome of the decision taken Chapter 11: Leading the evidence-based school Chapter 12: Some concluding thoughts

About the Author

Dr Gary Jones, @DrGaryJones, 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.


Creating a road map for an evidenced-based profession, Dr Gary Jones has brought together a coherent framework for school leaders and teachers based on his years of thinking, writing and implementing evidence based approaches in schools. From major issues around ethics, the use of research evidence and statistics to the formulation of a robust theory of change and associated logic model, this book will assist and develop the wise leaders and teachers we need in our schools, today more than ever.

-- Stephen Tierney

I love this book. Gary Jones uses the power of story to explain the importance of intelligent use of evidence. He provides examples of how to move beyond intuition in pursuit of sustained, high quality leadership. This is a must-read for all those with the humility to reflect on their approach to leadership in pursuit of a highly effective school.

-- Professor Dame Alison Peacock

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