ERIC Number: ED114973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
The Practice of Theory.
Coleman, Donald G.; Heun, Richard E.
This paper considers arguments for and against the value of theory in administrator education programs. In his discussion, the author makes a distinction between two types of theory--"pure" and "process.""Pure" theory provides the administrator with information regarding major organizational components, and "process" theory provides background in the manner by which the major components are integrated. Based on these definitions, the author argues that theory is at the heart of the administrator education curriculum, and that the study of theory is actually very practical. The author presents a model for illustrating student progress through theory courses and a second model for integrating the skills developed from "process" theory in the "pure" theory frame of reference. It is through this process, the author suggests, that understandings obtained through the study of theory become useful in dealing with daily administrative functions. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A