AU Leadership Portfolio: 4a Reading and Evaluating Research


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Strong support for
"out on a lim"

Leadership critiques the adequacy of research reports, conducts literature reviews using electronic sources, and relates research to the body of knowledge in their professional field.

*Satisfactory Competency Level

Research is one of the foundations for going "out on a lim". My work in this competency shows my growth throughout the leadership program in learning to critique research in LEAD 637 and to write literature reviews in LEAD 880 that connect research to my field of videoconferencing. 


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A. LEAD 637: Issues in Leadership Research

Issues in Leadership research is a course that covers how to read and evaluate research.

Competency Connection
The articles and discussion posts from the course show that I know how to read and evaluate research.

Artifact Descriptions
i. This file has my initial responses to the discussion questions in the class.

ii. This peer evaluation gives feedback on one of my discussion posts in the class.

iii. I created some video tutorials on finding and organizing literature using Endnote. These were a benefit to my regional group as well as many other participants in the Leadership Program. A link to the tutorials and some sample peer evaluation comments are included.

iv. These two files show my growth in learning how to write an article critique.

i. Discussion posts

ii. Feedback from a classmate and regional group member in the LEAD 637 discussion

iii. Contribution to regional group and leadership program: Endnote Video Tutorials and some sample comments

iv. Learning to write an article critique: First draft and revised

B. Literature Review for Proposal.

Overview and Competency Connection
The literature review shows my ability to read, evaluate, and synthesize research.

Artifact Descriptions
i. This version of my literature review was in my approved dissertation proposal.

ii. As part of my literature review, I posted some article reviews on my blog for my videoconferencing audience. Peer evaluation comments are included.

i. Literature Review

ii. Article reviews on my blog and sample comments


C. Publish an article.

Overview and Competency Connection
This literature review article shows my ability to read and evaluate research in a manner appropriate for a peer reviewed journal.

Artifact Descriptions
i. This article is a modification of the literature review on curriculum videoconferencing from my dissertation adapted for a journal article.

Files unlinked for privacy, confidentiality, or intellectual property reasons.

i. Article submitted to the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

Reflection Paper

My research reflection paper considers applying research to my work, methods of research, and the nature of knowledge. New practice inspired includes a list of potential future research.


Belenky, M. F., Clinchy, B. M., Goldberger, N. R., & Tarule, J. M. (1986). Women's ways of knowing. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day. New York, NY: Owl Books.

Cook, T. D., Means, B., Haertel, G. D., & Michalchik, V. (20003). The case for randomized experiments. In G. D. Haertel & B. Means (Eds.), Evaluating educational technology. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Creighton, T. B. (2007). Schools and data: the educator's guide for using data to improve decision making. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Creswell, J. W. (2003). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dalton, D. (2006). Educational research: The gold standard? Retrieved from

Daunt, C. (1999). The nature of interaction in educational videoconferencing. (AAT

Freed, S. (March 1, 2009). Freed's epistemological model. Retrieved from

French, J., & Raven, B. H. (1959). The bases of social power. In D. Cartwright (Ed.), Studies of social power. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research.

Galvan, J. L. (2006). Writing literature reviews: a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (3rd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Gold, M. (2009). Jazz impact. Paper presented at the Leadership Roundtable. Retrieved from

Grbich, C. (2007). Qualitative data analysis: An introduction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Haertel, G. D., & Means, B. (2003). Evaluating educational technology: Effective research designs for improving learning. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Hart, C. (2003). Doing a literature review: releasing the social science research imagination (repr. ed.). New York, NY: Sage Publications.

Hedestig, U., & Kaptelinin, V. (2005). Facilitator's roles in a videoconference learning environment. Information Systems Frontiers, 7(1), 71-83.

Heineke, W. F., & Blasi, L. (2001). Methods of evaluating educational technology. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Pub.

Howell, D. C. (2007). Statistical methods for psychology. Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.

Huff, D. (1993). How to lie with statistics. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Keefe, D. D. (2003). A case study of the integration of a video learning center at an elementary school. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (AAT 3091163)

Knight, G. R. (2006). Philosophy and education : an introduction in Christian perspective (Fourth ed.). Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press.

Lim, J. (2009). The development of an instrument for K12 coordinators implementing curriculum videoconferencing and a model to predict utilization of videoconferencing. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (AAT

Lim, J., & Freed, S. (2009). We have the videoconference equipment installed, now what? Manuscript submitted for publication to The Qualitative Report.

McMillan, J. H., & Schumacher, S. (2001). Research in education: A conceptual introduction. New York, NY: Longman.

McNeil, K. A., Newman, I., & Kelly, F. J. (1996). Testing research hypotheses with the general linear model. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

McNeil, K. A., Newman, I., & Steinhauser, J. (2005). How to be involved in program evaluation: What every administrator needs to know. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Education.

Newman, D., Du, Y., Bose, M., & Bidjerano, T. (2006). A content analysis of videoconference integration plans. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, Orlando, FL.

Newman, I., & McNeil, K. A. (1998). Conducting survey research in the social sciences. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Newman, I., Newman, C., Brown, R., & McNeely, S. (2006). Conceptual statistics for beginners (3rd ed.). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

O'Leary, Z. (2005). Researching real-world problems: A guide to methods of inquiry. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Owston, R. (2007). Contextual factors that sustain innovative pedagogical practice using technology: an international study. Journal of Educational Change, 8(1), 61-77. doi:10.1007/s10833-006-9006-6

Pan, M. L. (2004). Qualitative and quantitative approaches: Preparing literature reviews (2nd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Pyrczak, F. (2008). Evaluating research in academic journals: a practical guide to realistic evaluation (4th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Pyrczak, F., & Bruce, R. R. (2007). Writing empirical research reports. Glendale, CA: Pryrczak.

Reyna, V. (2006). The logic of scientific research. Retrieved from

Sue, V. M., & Ritter, L. A. (2007). Conducting online surveys. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

TWICE. (2007). Videoconferencing collaborative projects. Retrieved from

Wakefield, C. K. (1999). Site facilitator roles in videoconferencing: Implications for training. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (AAT 9960871)

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