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ERIC Number: ED170858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Theory Development in Educational Administration: A Solution to What Problem?
Hills, Jean
This paper is divided into two main sections. In the first, the author assumes that it is theory per se that people in educational administration are urged to develop and considers the cognitive, intellectual problems for which theory development might provide a solution. In the second section, the author interprets the concern for theory development more broadly and assumes that persons in educational administration are being urged to devote themselves to the advancement of knowledge generally, including the eventual development of theory. Here the focus of attention is on the noncognitive, that is, social, organizational, and administrative problems for which the advancement of knowledge might provide a solution. The author concludes that theory building is not an activity that is useful apart from the cognitive problems for which theories are solutions, namely, explaining observed regularities, organizing knowledge, and guiding research. Many of these problems do not confront the field at the present time. The author sees advancement of knowledge generally as a partial solution to the problem of rationalizing administrative practice. She asserts, however, that a more complete solution requires the clarification of the value base of administrative practice. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)