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M Ed on Educational Leadership and School Improvement (ELSI): ELSI9: Education Leadership for School Improvement Thesis

Course Description

This course is offered over two trimesters and builds on the Research Methods in Educational Leadership for School Improvement course. In this course, in-service middle leaders and aspirant and in-service senior leaders (The students) will demonstrate their knowledge and skills to understand, interpret, synthesize and critically engage with educational theory and research and examine the implications for effective leadership practice in contexts of complex school improvement challenges in the UAE. Before this course, students will have already developed and drafted their first research proposal. This course takes students through the stages of thesis proposal development, implementation, data analysis, presentation of findings, and project reporting. Students will review individually the research proposal they have developed. After obtaining ethical clearance to conduct the research, students will implement their proposal within the context of their practice by collecting and analysing data while observing ethical procedures, principles, and guidelines. Students will produce an original report of their ELSI project demonstrating rigorous design and implementation of research methods and processes. Students will be assessed on a submitted written thesis, a presentation and oral defence of their thesis to their peers and Research Advisors. 


Course Resources

1.  Ary, D., Jacobs, L.C., Sorensen, I. C., & Walker, D. A. (2019). Introduction to research in education (10th ed.). Wadsworth.

2.  Bottery, M. & Wright, N. (2019). Writing a watertight thesis: A guide to successful structure  and defence. Bloomsbury.

3.  Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2018). Research methods in education (8th ed.). Routledge. 

4.  Creswell, J. W. & Guetterman, T. C. (2019). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (6th ed.). Pearson. 

5.  Creswell, J. W, & Poth, C. N. (2018). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (4th ed.). Sage. 

6.  Hart, C. (2018). Doing a literature review: Releasing the research imagination (2nd ed.). Sage. 

7.  Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th ed.). Sage. 

8.  Lambert, M. (2019). Practical research methods in education. New York: Routledge. 

9.  Lynch, J., Rowlands, J., Gale, T., & Parker, S. (Eds.). (2019). Practice methodologies in education research. Routledge. 

10.  McNiff, J. (2017). Action Research: All You Need to Know (1st ed.). Sage. 

11.  Merriam, S. B. & Tisdell, E. K. (2016). Qualitative Research: A guide to design and implementation

(4th ed.). Jossey-Bass.


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