ERIC Number: ED136429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Values, Unorthodoxy and the "Unscientific" in Educational Administration Research.
Walker, William G.
An understanding of the organization called "school" is dependent not primarily on "scientific" constructs, but on sets of values and other phenomena that elude precise measurement and yet influence people's behavior. These phenomena have been largely ignored by researchers in educational administration. The social sciences have tended to dominate research into educational administration. However, the generally accepted "ideal" scientific approach provides only a partial explanation of the behavior of participants. Definitions of the word "theory" have tended to be based on the hypothetico-deductive approach; we have tended to ignore the argument that science also progresses by the contribution of courageous individuals who put forward irreverent, unorthodox ideas. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y., April 4-8, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document