There is a vast amount of research on what goes on in schools, but how can school leaders sort credible findings from dubious claims and use these to make informed decisions that benefit their schools? How can abstract ideas from research be translated into dynamic plans for action? This book is a practical guide to evidence-based school leadership demonstrating the benefits that can be gained from engaging with robust educational research and offering clear guidance on applying meaningful lessons to practice. Topics include:  • What is evidence-based school leadership and why does it matter?  • How to collect data from your own school and how to analyse this evidence in order to inform strategic leadership decisions  • Models for implementing school improvement and change  • Leadership skills for fostering a culture of evidence-based practice This is essential reading for senior and middle leaders in educational organisations who aspire to lead effective schools with high levels of staff well-being and enhanced outcomes for the learners they teach.

What Is Evidence-Based School Leadership?

What Is Evidence-Based School Leadership?

Chapter outline

This chapter begins by providing a comprehensive definition of evidence-based practice. This will then allow a discussion of some of the common misconceptions which are held about evidence-based practice. Next, the chapter will briefly explore the implications of evidence-based school leadership for how a school is led and managed. The chapter will then move on to explore some of the key terminology associated with evidence-based practice, such as evidence, decisions, conscientious, explicit, judicious and favourable outcomes. Finally, the chapter will give some consideration to the limitations of evidence-based practice.

Key words: evidence-based practice, evidence, decision, conscientious, explicit, outcomes, judicious

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