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Methodological review of studies on educational leaders and emotions (1992-2012): Insights into the meaning of an emerging research field in educational administration

Izhak Berkovich (Department of Education and Psychology, The Open University of Israel, Ra’anana, Israel)
Ori Eyal (Division of Policy, Administration and Leadership in Education, The Seymour Fox School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to do methodological review of the literature on educational leaders and emotions that includes 49 empirical studies published in peer-reviewed journals between 1992 and 2012.

Design/methodology/approach

The work systematically analyzes descriptive information, methods, and designs in these studies, and their development over time.

Findings

The review suggests that scholarly interest in educational leaders and emotions has increased over time, and identifies methodological patterns in this body of research. The results are compared with methodological data from other syntheses in the disciplines of educational administration (EA) and organizational behavior for the purpose of using the findings to produce broader insights into the meaning of an emerging research field in EA.

Originality/value

The findings of the methodological review are interpreted from two conceptual perspectives: functionalist and critical. Together, they offer a holistic portrayal of the meaning of producing scientific knowledge in an emerging research field in EA.

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Citation

Berkovich, I. and Eyal, O. (2017), "Methodological review of studies on educational leaders and emotions (1992-2012): Insights into the meaning of an emerging research field in educational administration", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 55 No. 5, pp. 469-491. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEA-07-2016-0078

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