A critical reflection on the field of feminist research in educational leadership.
Ten prominent feminist researchers from diverse backgrounds examine educational leadership by focusing on critical questions about the theories, methods, and epistemologies feminist researchers use. The contributors analyze the impact of research on participants and assess the ethical and political implications of researching across groups. They explore the types of strategies feminist researchers have developed to address the problems of the field and propose alternative epistemologies that provide for more sensitive research methods and more complex research results. The book provides a timely examination of how gender inequalities were created and structured within U. S. systems of school administration, how they are maintained and perpetuated, and how they might best be understood and dismantled.
Michelle D. Young is Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Linda Skrla is Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at Texas A&M University and coauthor (with David A. Erlandson, Eileen M. Reed, and Alfred P. Wilson) of The Emerging Principalship.
"This book fills an important gap in the literature by bringing people of color and women's voices into the conversations about the knowledge base, research methods, and practice in the field. Its greatest strengths are that it challenges and illustrates alternatives to predominant thinking about understanding, doing, and sharing research in educational leadership, and does so with optimism about prospects for change and improvement. " — Marilyn Tallerico, author of Accessing the Superintendency: The Unwritten Rules