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‘I see what you mean’: Using visual data collection methods to explore leadership curriculum planning

Lookup NU author(s): Anna Reid, Professor Rene Koglbauer



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© 2018, © 2018 British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (BELMAS). This article reports on the use of a visual methods approach to collecting and analysing data in relation to the area of leadership curriculum development. The focus of the study is the structure of the current leadership curriculum for the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in England. In particular, the authors explore the extent to which a visual method of data collection enhances their understanding of underlying structures of the NPQs, and the extent to which they can adopt findings from the study to influence the planning and preparation of future programmes. Participants in the study volunteered to attend an international conference workshop on leadership, management and administration. This was the forum for data collection. Purposive sampling ensured a prior knowledge of the theoretical framework underpinning our work and objectivity in that none of the participants were involved in the delivery of NPQ programmes in England. Findings suggest that the current NPQ programme structure lacks the flexibility required in order to provide a meaningful professional development experience. In relation to the theoretical underpinnings of this study, findings also highlight areas to be addressed when undertaking new NPQ programme development and delivery.

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Author(s): Reid A, Koglbauer R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Management in Education

Year: 2018

Volume: 32

Issue: 1

Pages: 19-25

Print publication date: 01/01/2018

Online publication date: 17/01/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 04/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0892-0206

ISSN (electronic): 1741-9883

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0892020617748143


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