Using Evidence to Frame Problems of Practice

Keywords: problem of practice, evidence, framing, root cause analysis


Improvement initiatives crafted based on well-understood problems of practice often stand the greatest chance of leading to sustainable educational improvements. Framing problems of practice using multiple modes of evidence is advisable to fully understand the system of root causes of the problem and its stakeholders. In this study, we used the document analysis method to investigate the types of evidence (e.g., literature, anecdotal, secondary data) that students used to frame problems of practice in EdD dissertations in practice within CPED consortium member institutions (N=53). Results suggest that students predominantly use literature to frame problems of practice with fewer using primary and secondary data. 


Author Biography

Lesley F. Leach, Tarleton State University

Lesley F. Leach serves as Professor in the Educational Leadership EdD program as well as Associate Dean for Research at Tarleton State University. She also serves as the CPED delegate for the university.



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How to Cite
Leach, L. F., Baker, C., Leamons, C. G., Bunch, P., & Brock, J. (2021). Using Evidence to Frame Problems of Practice. Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, 6(4), 1–7.
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