ERIC Number: ED157202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Scientific Research in Educational Administration.
Hoy, Wayne K.
UCEA Review, v19 n3 p1-6 Jun 1978
The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) ought to reaffirm its commitment to theoretical research. Research in educational administration during the last twenty years has been applied or practical rather than purely theoretical or scientific. Although there is certainly a place for practical research, theoretical research ought not be neglected. One goal of theoretical research is to develop theory that can explain phenomena. Another goal is to add to the store of knowledge. Research not based on a body of substantive theory will be weak. Purely practical research is often fragmented and unsystematic. In the late fifties UCEA inspired a movement toward more interdisciplinary and scientific analysis of educational organizations. This so-called "theory" movement declined in the late sixties partially because of institutionalization and overpromotion. The social and political unrest of the sixties and the financial exigencies of the seventies caused practical and policy research to dominate the field. Yet more scientific and theoretical research is necessary for a full knowledge and understanding of organizational behavior in education. UCEA must continue to be an advocate of such research. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: University Council for Educational Administration