List of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Michael Fullan
About the Author
1. Administrator Inquiry Defined
What Is Administrator Inquiry?
How Is Administrator Inquiry or Action Research Different From Traditional Educational Research?
What Is the Relationship Between Administrator Inquiry and Principal Professional Growth?
What Are the Benefits of Engaging in Inquiry?
How Do I Find Time to Engage in Inquiry as a Principal?
What Are Some Contexts That Are Ripe for Principal Inquiry?
2. The Passions That Drive Your Journey: Finding a Wondering
Where Do I Find My Wonderings and Questions?
3. The Road Map: Developing a Data Collection Plan
Data Collection Strategy 1: Quantitative Measures of Student Achievement (Standardized Test Scores, Assessment Measures, Grades)
Data Collection Strategy 2: Fieldnotes
Data Collection Strategy 3: Interviews
Data Collection Strategy 4: Documents/Artifacts/Student Work
Data Collection Strategy 5: Digital Pictures
Data Collection Strategy 6: Video
Data Collection Strategy 7: Reflective Journals and/or Weblogs
Data Collection Strategy 8: Surveys
Data Collection Strategy 9: Literature
When Do I Collect Data, and How Much Do I Collect?
4. The Navigation of Uncertain Terrain: Analyzing Data
Confront the Data Analysis Task
Take Control of the Data Analysis Task by Keeping It Simple
Follow Four Steps to Data Analysis
Have Colleagues Help in the Process
An Illustration of the Data Analysis Process
5. The Travelogue: Sharing Your Work With Others
Why Is It Important to Share My Work With Others?
With Whom Do I Share My Work?
What's Important to Share?
6. The Continuing Journey as "Head Learner": Assessing the Quality of Inquiry
Why Is It Important to Assess the Quality of My Work?
What Is the Difference Between Generalizability and Transferability?
How Do I Go About Assessing Practitioner Research Quality, and Why Is It So Difficult to Do
What Are Some Quality Indicators for Practitioner Research?
What Are Some Ways of Enhancing Inquiry Quality?