ERIC Number: ED170283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Some Key Epistemological Questions About A "Theory of Practice."
A number of conclusions can be drawn from an examination of epistemological questions relevant to the building of a theory of research practice in educational administration: (1) the realms addressed by the human sciences and by the natural sciences differ markedly in degree if not in kind; (2) the "theory" movement was guided epistemologically by an uncritical acceptance of natural science presuppositions; (3) epistemologies inherent in the natural sciences are incapable of guiding inquiry into the "ought" dimensions of practice; (4) we need more intensive study to determine the modes of inquiry and epistemological presuppositions that are most appropriate for guiding the long-range study of management and leadership practices in educational organizations; and (5) in seeking to build a theory of practice that encompasses both the real and the ideal, two strategies, a coexistence strategy and an integrative strategy, can be identified. (DS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, OH.
Note: Paper presented at a Symposium of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)