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ERIC Number: ED165268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
The Place of Theory in an Applied Profession: Where Might We Be Going in Organizational Theory?
Hills, Jean
In the sharpest possible contrast to the purely academic professions, the paramount feature of the applied professions such as educational administration is the primacy of the clinical focus. Their ultimate focus is not the pursuit of knowledge itself, but the effective attainment of practical goals where serious interests of clients are often at stake. The emphasis on theory that has characterized educational administration has been misguided. As members of an applied profession, administrators' primary concern is not the organization and extension of a relatively unified body of knowledge but the managing of ongoing processes, and the finding and implementing of solutions to problems. The direction educational administration takes in pursuing theory should be governed by the kinds of problems that are of the greatest concern to practitioners. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (Eugene, Oregon, August 14-19, 1977)