ERIC Number: ED344321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Whither Educational Administration? The Post Postpositivist Era.
Willower, Donald J.
The future role of the social sciences in educational administration theory is explored in this paper. First, the turn toward the social sciences in educational administration is considered. Attacks by the subjectivist and critical theorists on positivistic science are examined next, with attention to the decline of those two views in sociology and other disciplines. Finally, the situation in educational administration is explored. Although empirical work remains a substantial force, subjectivist, neo-Marxist, and pragmatic theories have engendered trends toward field studies and theoretical and methodological eclecticism. A conclusion is that scholarship in educational administration would be well served to appreciate science as: (1) seeking plausible explanation and credible evidence; and (2) self-critical and self-corrective. A revitalized science, realistically understood in terms of strengths and limitations and the relationship to values and practice, could facilitate a period of renewal in educational administration. (61 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).