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#1William E Boyd (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 24
This article reviews the work of two Albertan educators, David Townsend and Pam Adams, in their application of collaborative inquiry to improving school leadership. Collaborative inquiry is essentially a professional practice that has yet not been comprehensively theorized. This article seeks to lay some foundations for a theorization of the practice by identifying structures and processes that appear to underlie the remarkable success of applications of the practice in several school districts ...
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#1William E Boyd (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 24
#2Martin Hayden (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 16
This article introduces an Australian adaptation of an approach to supporting school leadership and improvement pioneered by educationalists David Townsend and Pam Adams, from Alberta, Canada. Referred to as the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement, the adaptation involved school leaders, academics, and government officials who combined to implement the twin processes of collaborative inquiry and generative dialogue at about sixty primary and secondary schools across the North Coast reg...
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#1William E Boyd (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 24
#2Martin Hayden (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 16
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#1William E Boyd (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 24
This article presents a rich account of school leadership development within the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement program in New South Wales, Australia. The focus is the school leader at a small rural school, whose engagement with generative dialogue and collaborative inquiry results in a growing confidence in engaging her school community. The study demonstrates the power of narrative as a mode of inquiry and leadership development as represented in the school leader’s own account ...
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#1Bradley Shipway (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 3
#2Marilyn J Chaseling (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 5
This article reports on the experiences of teachers at a small rural school located in the North Coast region of New South Wales in Australia who participated in a school improvement project based on an approach developed over many years by David Townsend and Pam Adams in Alberta, Canada. The project involved monthly meetings between the teachers at the school, including the school’s Principal, and an external leadership team who facilitated the meetings employing the processes of collaborative ...
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#1Tracy Durheim (TAFE: Department of Education)
#2Marilyn J Chaseling (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 5
Last. Alan Foster (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 6
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This investigation concerns school leaders’ perceptions regarding the efficacy of a leadership development initiative implemented across schools in the North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Based on an Alberta school improvement process, the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement sought to achieve leadership development and improved learning outcomes through use of the processes of collaborative inquiry and generative dialogue. Five schools were selected for an exploration of ...
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#1Robert James Smith (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 3
#2Koralia Petta (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 2
Last. Christos Markopoulos (SCU: Southern Cross University)H-Index: 22
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The twin processes of collaborative inquiry and generative dialogue underpin two closely aligned and increasingly influential school leadership development programs, one in Alberta, Canada, and the other in New South Wales, Australia. This paper focuses primarily on the Australian program, the character of which has been strongly influenced by its Canadian predecessor. Of interest in the paper is the nature of the foundations of collaborative inquiry and generative dialogue, and the relationship...
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The number of international students in Canadian universities has dramatically increased since 2000. International students are believed to contribute significantly to education and research, as they bring a rich variety of perspectives, experiences, and languages. However, international students should not be categorized into one homogenous group. In particular, international female PhD students have many different reasons to immigrate and undertake a rigorous academic program. Whether to pursu...
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#1Sonia Wai-Ying Ho (University of Windsor)H-Index: 1
#2George Zhou (University of Windsor)H-Index: 11
In recent years, more and more Chinese students have come to Canada for their education. Some of them are parents, and they bring their children with them. Using a multiple case study design, this study explored these international parent-students in regards to how they select schools for their children. Six participants were recruited. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews. Data analysis reveals that participants viewed school selection for their children as their responsibilit...
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#1Lyle Donald Hamm (UNB: University of New Brunswick)H-Index: 3
#2Matt Maston (MTA: Mount Allison University)
Last. Jeremy Smith (UNB: University of New Brunswick)
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New Brunswick has experienced a decline in population in recent years. Successive governments are attempting to increase its population through various population and economic strategies, including immigration. Our research investigates how New Brunswick educators and school leaders are responding to the demographic changes in their schools and communities. Guided by constructivist epistemology, we analyzed qualitative data (i.e. surveys, focus group and individual interviews, public policy and ...
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