Principals' voices via modelling? Issues of voice in quantitative studies and the use of complexity theory

Trimmer, Karen (2014) Principals' voices via modelling? Issues of voice in quantitative studies and the use of complexity theory. In: Echoes: ethics and issues of voice in education research. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 197-209. ISBN 978-94-6209-489-5


Voice of participants in education research is most often heard through qualitative research studies. However, voice of participants is also a critical issue in quantitative studies. This chapter discusses the use of complexity theory as a lens to enable issues of voice to be considered in studies utilising quantitative methods. The approach taken in the study discussed was to listen to the voice of government school principals through qualitative interviews and to amplify their voice of through a quantitative approach and the use of complexity theory. The dynamic nature of schools requires principals to cope with complex dilemmas in their daily decision-making. Complexity theory was used in to assist in understanding decision-making by school principals in a complex environment within an organisational hierarchy with a mandatory regulatory framework.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2014 Sense Publishers. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2015 04:27
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 05:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: complexity; decision-making; quantitative; voice
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6209-491-8_14

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