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Doug Archbald

Dr. Archbald is an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy.  Archbald has taught courses in education policy, school law, curriculum design and evaluation, quantitative research, management applications of research, organizational communications, and data-based decision making.

Dr. Archbald is currently co-principal investigator of a school district partnership initiative to strengthen data-driven decision making and translate research into useful knowledge for district leaders and policymakers.  Archbald has been a principal investigator or consultant on numerous research studies and projects, including with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, American Institutes for Research, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Delaware Department of Education, Pearson Education, the Delaware Education Governance and Accountability Commission, the National Education Goals Panel, Towers-Perrin, and others.

Archbald’s research interests are in education policy evaluation and leadership education.  Archbald has published in a variety of scholarly journals including Educational Policy, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Assessment, American School Board Journal, Sociology of Education, American Secondary Education, High School, and International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation.  Recent publications include “Teachers Testing and Accountability” (2012) in American School Board Journal, “Research versus problem solving for education leadership doctoral preparation” (2008) in Educational Administration Quarterly, “Breaking the Mold in the Dissertation: Implementing A Problem-based, Decision-oriented Thesis Project” (2010) in Journal of Continuing and Higher Education, and “The Emergence of the Nontraditional Doctorate: A Historical Overview” (2011) in Meeting Adult Learner Needs through the Nontraditional Doctoral Degree (Jossey Bass).  A current publication, in press for High School Journal, reports research on predictors of track placement in lower level high school math courses.  Archbald has a book manuscript in preparation for NCPEA Press on a problem-based approach for conducting organizational improvement studies in schools and districts.