ERIC Number: ED333543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Directions in Policy and Leadership Studies: Identifying Points of Convergence.
This multidisciplinary analysis identifies how an understanding of information processing and decision making as social processes can determine the effectiveness of educational reform strategies, with a focus on viewing the roles of educational leaders as information processors and policy negotiators. This paper: (1) presents an overview of current research on effective leadership across the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, political science, and sociolinguistics; (2) demonstrates their common focus on the communication process; and (3) and shows how communication theory concepts can provide a common framework that will define the terms for the continued debate on the usefulness of social sciences for policy and leadership studies in education. Methodology involved a review of "Educational Administrative Abstracts" and American Educational Research Association and sociolinguistic data. A conclusion is that concepts from communication theory can help to identify the complexities of actual language usage in presenting information and problem solving in policy and leadership situations. Ten tables are included. (85 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Social Science Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).