This is an interesting focus to examine and I predict surveys will be of limited value. The group of Regional Network Leaders who have an interest in the Action Research have agreed to facilitate my contact with a range of principals so that I can talk to them about their use of conversation as leaders.

Once I have a good idea of what the relevant research has to say, it will help me formulate effective focus questions. At this stage I am most interested in the self perception of principals and school leaders, although I'll need to look at school data like the staff satisfaction survey results and it might be useful to interview small staff groups from some schools.

Principals will be invited to respond to a survey like this one