ERIC Number: ED182834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Policy and Public Administration, Educational Policy and Administration.
Barrientos-Monzon, Ivan Luis
This paper attempts to clean up some of the muddled thinking that obscures the distinction between theory and practice in educational administration. The author also applies his argument to the issue of possible gaps between policy formulation and policy implementation. The author begins by noting that there is a common misapprehension that in areas such as Latin America there is a gap between theory and practice. It is frequently argued that there is too much talk and too little action, too much theory and not enough practice. The author maintains, however, that the gap is really a "pseudogap" caused by the absence of sound theory firmly based on real conditions. He believes that the solution to the problem is not more action, but more and better theories on which effective action can be based. He further concludes that the "pseudogap" between policy formulation and policy implementation is mostly due to the fact that the former is not theoretically based in the true sense and the latter is haphazard and based on an unsystematic mixture of trial and error, tradition, and cultural custom. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Latin America
Note: Paper presented at the Inter-American Congress on Educational Administration (1st, Brasilia, Brazil, December 10-14, 1979). Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document.