School leaders' use of research: viewing research use in decision making through an organizational lens

Lok Sze Wong, Alice Huguet, Christopher W. Harrison, Cynthia E. Coburn, James P. Spillane

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Abstract

We offer a conceptual framework for research use in schools that utilizes an organizational perspective. By organizational, we mean that we consider the complex contexts within which teachers and school leaders work, and how these contexts facilitate and hinder opportunities to use research in decision making. We highlight three school-level factors—authority, status, and organizational routines. We also highlight three district–school arrangements that shape school-level decision making—jurisdiction, routines, and informal social networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherElsevier
Pages235-242
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

Keywords

  • Decision making
  • Organizational theory
  • Research use
  • School leaders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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