ERIC Number: ED239363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Educational Administration and the Social, Policy, and Administrative Sciences.
Kirkpatrick, Samuel A.
Executive Review, v4 n1 Oct 1983
The politics of education has been ignored in educational administration programs; it has been not enough taught in American programs for educational administrators and not enough emphasized in discussions of administrative roles. Administration increasingly includes political as well as rational decisions. Thus, administrators need a unified study of policy research to help incorporate decision-making information from various social sciences. Such a policy science is now being developed and, despite its present neglect, should influence the curriculum of educational administration programs in the future. However, simply introducing social science into educational administration curricula would be insufficient; a specialized body of knowledge that includes the particular problems and solutions of educational administrators must be developed. To this end, empirical studies of educational policy-making must be considered together with theories of professional practice. A unified theory of administrative practice might best arise from comparing the standards and morphologies of public, business, and educational administration programs; a better integration of administrative programs would clarify and support policy research in educational administration. (JW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Inst. for School Executives.
Identifiers: Policy Research
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented as the Walter Cocking Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (37th, Missoula, MT, August 1983).