1st Edition

Culturally Sensitive Research Methods for Educational Administration and Leadership

Edited By Eugenie A. Samier, Eman S. ElKaleh Copyright 2023
    234 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the multicultural and non-Western contexts behind the approaches, problems, and issues that arise in research methodologies when used in relation to educational administration and leadership.

    This volume argues that increasing internationalisation and diversity of the field requires research methods that better reflect the values, cultures, political systems, and conditions of non-Western communities and countries. Discussing the research methods, data collection practices, interpretive approaches, and research ethics that produce more accurate and authentic results, the book looks at a number of theoretical frameworks and epistemological approaches that inform the development of such methodologies. Traditional methods like sharing circles and storytelling are explored, as well as an examination of ‘social space’ in designing methodology aimed at ‘spatial justice’ and an exploration of methods for Indigenous communities in East Asia.

    A valuable resource for researchers, scholars, and students with an interest in multicultural education, the book will also appeal to academics interested in race, ethics, and educational research methods more broadly.

    Introduction: exploring culturally sensitive and Indigenous research methods
    Eugenie A. Samier and Eman S. Elkaleh
    Part I: Foundational theories and approaches
    1. Research traditions of local populations: towards an Islamic research paradigm for Muslim communities
    Eman S. Elkaleh
    2. Exploring the significance of ‘place’ for culturally sensitive research
    Augusto Riveros and Nyasha Nyereyemhuka
    3. Ethical, epistemic, relational, and emotional concerns in educational administration and leadership research with Indigenous and minority peoples
    Yulia Nesterova
    4. Meaningful discourse in an undergraduate Spanish capstone class: using critical race theory as a research frame and a bridge to graduate school
    Cheryl H. Maqueda and Read M. Diket
    Part II: Researching, teaching, and individual methods
    5. An autoethographic journey into teaching qualitative research methods in the UAE: experiential, curricular and pedagogic, and societal dimensions
    Eugenie A. Samier
    6. Collaborative autoethnography as a bricolage: an authentic approach to constructing the eastern-western bridge in educational research
    Charles L. Lowery and Chetanath Gautam
    Part III: Contemporary and international issues and cases
    7. Interviewing medical education leaders: methodological considerations for a Saudi Arabian context
    Lulu Alwazzan
    8. Culturally sensitive imperatives for educational administration, leadership, and policy research: for the undocumented in the United States
    Karen Ramlackhan
    9. Kia tūhonohono i a tātou: Indigenous research methodologies – early childhood perspectives and policy initiatives underpinning educational administration and leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Ali Glasgow, Mere Skerrett and Jenny Ritchie
    10. Conclusion: decolonising educational administration and leadership research to protect social institutions, culture, and identity
    Eugenie A. Samier and Eman S. ElKaleh


    Eugenie A. Samier is a Reader in the School of Education at University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

    Eman S. ElKaleh is the Head of Academic Support at Emirates College for Advanced Education, UAE.