ERIC Number: ED146674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Thinking About the Greenfield-Griffiths Debate.
Kendell, Richard; Byrne, David R.
UCEA Review, v19 n1 pp6-16 Oct 1977
The continuing debate between Daniel Griffiths and T. Barr Greenfield over the respective merits of the "theory-based movement" or "positivist" view of educational administration and the "phenomenological" view that organizational theories should properly consist of "multifaceted images of organizations" has become more a political debate than an academic one. The Greenfield-Griffiths debate is an example of rigid polarizing that obscures efforts to know or understand. This particular debate between positivists and phenomenologists illustrates a general condition in the field of educational administration--the political challenge to the "disciplined elite's" definition of what constitutes legitimate work in the field. A parallel example is the dispute between advocates of the theory-based movement and those who support field-based research and development efforts. There is a definite need for a more relativist attitude toward knowledge, theory, science, and research. The field of educational administration must foster and sanction modes of inquiry that exceed the limitations of positivism. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, OH.