Three Covenant Faculty Receive Grant to Conduct Research on Educational Leadership
Social research organization Cardus recently awarded a grant of $25,000 to Covenant College Professors Jack Beckman (education), James Drexler (education),
Dr. Jack Beckman
Drs. Beckman, Drexler, and Eames are looking at possible causes of turnover rates of principals and the impact that heads of schools have on their schools’ missions and students. The faculty members hope that their research will shed light on causes of unstable leadership, because, as Dr. Eames says, “unstable turnover in leadership leads to organizations that are themselves unstable.”
Dr. Drexler states that he is “frankly concerned for the future of Christian school leadership. I hope our research will play a role in . . .
Dr. James Drexler
The faculty researchers are using a research approach that combines qualitative and quantitative methods. “A gathering of rich data may provide a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics of leadership,” says Dr. Beckman. It will “possibly offer some alternatives for schools as they search for consistency in a field of ‘revolving doors.’”
In addition to teaching undergraduate students, Drs. Beckman, Drexler, and Eames teach in Covenant College’s Master of Education program, and they contributed to Purposeful Design Publications’ 2007 book Schools as Communities, which Drexler also edited.
Dr. Kevin Eames