ERIC Number: ED165271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Educational Administration: The Search for the Canons of Expertise and Authority.
Parker, James C.
At the turn of the century, there was no canon of expertise in administrative practice because laymen operated most of the schools, and there was no canon of authority in professional educational administration because there was no identifiable body of knowledge unique to administration of schools. As the administrative progressives began to see the emergence of a new vocation they turned to the following as sources of the canon of expertise and authority: the adoption and adaptation of business management science, the corporate model, and the new science of the educational intelligence and achievement testers; the development of specialized graduate school programs and degrees to identify standards of scholarship and practice; the institution of administrative certification through state departments to safeguard against the unknowledgeable and the untrained; symbiotic graduate school professor-student job placement networks, assuring the anointed the best available positions; the development of professional administrator associations to represent collective interests at state and national levels; and the keeping of voluminous educational records both to protect against the incompetence of subordinates and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the school program. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southern Illinois Univ. Foundation, Carbondale.
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale.