ERIC Number: ED136402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reflections on a Dialogue.
Gibson, R. Oliver
UCEA Review, v18 n2 pp35-39 Jan 1977
The debate embodied in Daniel Griffiths' October 1975 article and T. Barr Greenfield's responding article in February 1976 illustrates the dispute between the "naturalistic" and "phenomenological" views of organizational theory, respectively. The binary opposition of naturalistic and phenomenological approaches is wrong-minded; a much more useful approach is to see them as complementary. Personal experience and critical analysis both lead to an appreciation of the traditional "scientific" contribution of the naturalistic approach and the "humanizing" influence of phenomenology. On this basis, both theorizing and the preparation of researchers and practitioners in educational administration can be advanced by a conceptualization that formulates social action as a dialectical synthesis of scientific and humanistic modes of analysis. The approach may be captured under the broad label of scientific humanism. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, OH.
Note: For related documents, see EA 009 316 and EA 009 317 ; Best copy available