The challenges to and the need for international research in educational leadership

Melanie Carol Brooks, Gaetane Jean-Marie

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– The purpose of this paper is twofold: to discuss methodological challenges facing US scholars when conducting international research; and to present personal reflections as educational leadership faculty in the USA conducting and publishing on research undertaken in Haiti and Thailand.

– This study drew from educational leadership literature and personal experiences to identify methodological challenges to conducting and publishing international research in the field of educational leadership.

– The methodological challenges facing international research – language, data, publication, and career incentives – should not be reasons to hinder scholars from conducting research in international contexts. Allowing methodological deterrents to impede international research limits US scholar engagement in global conversations and places the field of educational leadership in the USA at risk of a parochial and myopic future.

– This paper explores the methodological reasons as to why US scholars are not engaging in international research and provides two vignettes of faculty research in international contexts. This discussion is valuable for faculty interested in or presently conducting research beyond US borders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)874-887
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Thailand
  • research methodology
  • Haiti
  • publication
  • educational leadership
  • international research
  • language
  • career incentives
  • data

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