Achieving Success with Your Leadership Project
Publication Year: 2012
This book gives a complete guide to carrying out and completing a project or dissertation which has a leadership or management focus. It is written in accessible, jargon-free language and provides practical advice in all the relevant areas of research and its reporting.
The authors provide case examples of students' work from a range of contexts. They give guidance on what pitfalls to avoid, and show clearly how to structure the project, write a literature review, present personal research findings, as well as how to understand different kinds of research, assessment, and maximizing tutorial support.
The book is essential for graduate students in fields such as education or business studies, giving a clear step-by-step approach to doing the fieldwork and writing up the outcomes, including how to ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Setting the Scene
- Chapter 2: Choosing Your Topic and Designing the Research
- Chapter 3: The Literature Review
- Chapter 4: Research Methodology
- Chapter 5: Applying Research Methods
- Chapter 6: Practitioner Research
- Chapter 7: Presenting and Analysing Data
- Chapter 8: Making the Most of Available Support
- Chapter 9: Writing Up
- Chapter 10: Understanding Assessment
- Chapter 11: Next Steps
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First published 2012
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About the Authors
The origins of this book lie in a number of informal conversations between the authors, especially during breaks between teaching sessions in a country where the temperatures and the humidity are consistently high. We found ourselves constantly aware of the large number of students studying at Masters Level in Leadership and/or Management–and a certain number of tutors also–who had expressed concern that there was no single text to which reference might be made for practical, straightforward information and guidance about their work, especially their final projects or dissertations. Further, more systematic enquiries later confirmed this need, and the general idea for such a text developed into this book.
One of the reasons for writing a book such as this is that the majority of the students concerned are part-time, fitting their study into the hours outside their main work as full-time professional practitioners. This leaves these teachers, lecturers, nurses, social workers, accountants, administrative staff, housing officers, retail management trainees and others with too little time to consult some of the detailed texts which the professional researcher is able to access. We have made reference to a number of such texts, especially in our ‘Further Reading’ at the end of chapters, and those readers who are drawn into the complexities of more advanced data analysis or methodological approaches, for example, should refer to such texts to supplement our guidance here. Many students are ‘sponsored’ by employers for part or all of their work, but many are completely self-funding and in all cases are under great pressures of time to successfully complete the programme and the final project report. Sometimes, career advancement can depend on such success.
The book is intended for those studying at Masters Level in an area with a component of leadership or management involved, in such areas as education, business studies or social studies. With the need for Masters Level qualifications increasing all the time (for example, at Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)), we believe the book will provide an invaluable resource for all such people. It is rooted both in our own experience of teaching, tutoring and [Page ix]supporting many students on a range of programmes in various countries, and in the experiences of those students themselves. This is why we have included a number of Case Examples to illustrate from students' actual experiences the realities of work at this level. (No students' or organisations' real names are used in these.) All the examples of pro-formas used in the book are adapted from ones used at the Institute of Education of the University of Warwick, but they are typical of those used at most Higher Education (HE) institutions in the United Kingdom.
Whether you are aiming to produce a final piece of work which is called a ‘dissertation’ or a ‘project’, the format of the book is intended to be easily accessible to all readers, with chapter introductions, summaries and the stressing of particularly important points. We examine all those issues raised with us by students, namely:
- What research is and how to decide on your topic
- Designing the research
- How to write a literature review
- How to decide on your methodology and then apply it
- Particular issues involved in research as a practitioner
- How to present and analyse your data
- How to write up the final report
- Making the most of the support available
- Understanding how your work is assessed.
Practical issues such as how to structure your project and how to reference your work are all included because in some cases the difference between success or failure can depend on very small points. We wish to stress, however, that all readers need to ensure they are aware of the precise requirements of the particular HE institution to which they are submitting their work, as regulations do vary and it is impossible for us to include all such variations in one text. Therefore, please make sure you carefully read the guidance that you are provided with by your particular HE institution. Similarly, this book in no way attempts to replace your most valuable support–your tutor. He or she remains one of the keys to your success and we hope the book will be helpful to tutors as well.
We would like to thank various people for their invaluable support, especially Kanta Chauhan for her excellent skills in making our work into a coherent whole, those at Sage Publications, especially Marianne Lagrange, and Tony Bush for his statistical assistance. Colleagues at the University of Warwick's Institute of Education and Business School have been helpful in giving feedback, and of course all the students past and present we have worked with have contributed considerably to the book's content and structure. [Page x]Finally, David thanks Jacqui and Ian thanks Deb for their personal support and tolerance in the writing of this book.
We wish everyone success in achieving their goal in Leadership and Management at Masters Level and hope that this book will help in some measure.and , January 2011
Glossary of Terms Used[Page 176]
- BIS Business, Innovation and Skills
- CRB Criminal Records Bureau
- DfE Department for Education
- Ed.D. Doctor of Education
- FT Full-time
- GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education
- HE Higher Education
- HOD Head of Department
- HOY Head of Year
- HRM Human Resource Management
- ID Identity
- IT Information Technology
- LA Local Authority
- MA Master of Arts
- MBA Master of Business Administration
- M.Phil. Master of Philosophy
- NCSL National College for School Leadership and Children's Services
- Ofsted Office for Standards in Education
- PE Physical Education
- PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy
- PT Part-time
- QAS Quality Assurance Service
- SBM School Based Management/Site Based Management
- SIT School Improvement Team
- SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
- UK United Kingdom
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