Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership and Research Methodology


Viktor Wang, California State University, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: October 27, 2021
Full Chapters Due: February 24, 2022
Submission Date: February 24, 2022


What is the future of human society? It’s a question for all leaders, but it surely must resonate loudly for educational leaders. Education inevitably influences society and our future. As literature and experience tells, educational leaders impact not only their organisations but ultimately the learning outcomes of a large portion of society’s members. Educational leaders are charged with more than creating a viable future for an organisation. They are also charged with contributing to creating a viable, and positive human future - not an easy task amid the turbulence and disruption of our times. The challenges of educational leadership bring to the fore questions about leadership, questions about the nature and purpose of education, and inevitably, about the future of human society. Central to the discourse around educational leadership are questions such as: ‘What is successful educational leadership?’. ‘What are the competencies and practices of effective educational leaders?’ ‘How should leadership be enacted at various levels of education?’ ‘What should educational leaders seek to do?’ What is the purpose of education for the 21st century?’, ‘How do various educational leaders influence the nature of education?’, ‘What educational leadership is needed to create viable and positive societies for the future?’ How do we create ethical leaders in the workplace? How do we eradicate racism in the workplace? How do we get rid of unethical judges in the court system? How do we leverage technologies for the benefit of people? Like all leaders of 21st century, educational leaders must be forward looking and have a well-developed capability to anticipate or envision the future. Looking to the future, perceiving potential opportunities and anticipating possible threats means leaders must have wisdom and the ‘ability to think outside the box’ (Norzailan, Othman, & Ishizaki, 2016). The opportunities and threats perceived by leaders are those that are not obvious to others, and thus leaders are creative and have the ability to see ‘the unfamiliar’ (Norzailan, Othman, & Ishizaki, 2016). Unfortunately, a number of leaders at all levels especially on the campus level, have created a demoralizing environment by discriminating and retaliating against certain employees of different ethical groups. The court system unfortunately overtly supports the seeming racist employers, further devastating the moral structure in the workplace. Martin Luther King in the 1960s started the anti-racism movement in America and this movement continues in the 21st century. What are the educational implications for our leaders at all levels? Should this be their obligation to create a bright future, moral environment for all subordinates in societies or should our leaders continue to abet this injustice throughout campuses, and propagate it throughout society? There are no definitive answers to any of these or of the other hard questions of educational leadership. It is necessary to explore these questions. To do this, scholars and practitioners must continue to look into, pertinent research methodologies. Research methodologies boil down to three prevalent methods that include deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning. Deductive reasoning may be translated into quantitative research methods that include both descriptive and referential statistical reasoning. Inductive reasoning may be translated into qualitative research methods that involve in using words to analyze data and give meaning to data. The debate lies in the subjective or objective analysis of data. Therefore, a third method has emerged, that is, a mixed method research method has gained more popularity to help combat social ills associated with educational leadership at all levels. The question remains whether there are innovative research methods ever tried to address the acute problems in educational leadership. Pivotal to the nature of society is education and the leadership of that education. As educational institutions experience increasing pressures due to the forces of globalization, change and uncertainty, an urgent item on society’s agenda is introspection and critical reflection on educational leadership. Leadership in general is a “perennially unfinished project” (Iszatt-White, 2010, p. 409), and educational leadership is no different. A strong base of reliable, verifiable knowledge is needed to foster evolution of educational leadership capabilities across a diversity of domains. Innovative research methodology may add to this strong base of reliable, verifiable knowledge of educational leadership needed to move our organizations in society forward in the 21st century.


The call for chapters for this volume is an invitation to contribute to the evolution of educational leadership knowledge, thought and practices by sharing a diversity of perspectives, experiences, theories and philosophies related to educational leadership and research methodologies across all levels of education.

Target Audience

Graduate students and faculty; Colleges and Departments that offer educational leadership programs; University librarians; Learning/static organizations; Business graduate students and faculty

Recommended Topics

Perspectives on educational leadership; Theories on educational leadership; Practices of educational leadership; Philosophies of educational leadership; Research methods in educational leadership; Prevalent issues in educational leadership; Racism in educational leadership; Ethical issues in educational leadership; Leadership challenges; Traditional research methods and innovative research methods in educational leadership; Technology and educational leadership

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 27, 2021, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by November 10, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 24, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

October 27, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 10, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
February 24, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
April 24, 2022: Review Results Returned
June 5, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
June 19, 2022: Final Chapter Submission


Viktor Wang
California State University


Social Sciences and Humanities; Education; Business and Management
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