ERIC Number: ED208461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-16
Reference Count: 0
A Feminist Critique of Feminist Research in Educational Administration.
This paper, an offshoot of a larger study, looks at doctoral dissertations on women in education administration completed and abstracted from January 1973 through January 1979 and categorized as coming from a feminist perspective. Two domains are examined--problem selection and research methods. Within the domain of problem selection, six general subject areas were identified: women's status, women in educational administration, attitudes of and toward women, barriers to women, leadership styles and effectiveness, and the structure of organizations. In these studies, use of the male model of research is the norm, sexism is perpetuated, and women are investigated not as populations but as topics. The dissertations' research methodologies are equally male-oriented, according to the author. To correct the male-orientation of research, a new paradigm is proposed. This paradigm would expand the use of the naturalistic method of inquiry; emphasize the generation of hypotheses; grow out of the personal experiences, feelings, and needs of the researcher; place the authority for truth in the subject; rely on the oral tradition; and use research as an instrument of social change. The implications of this paradigm in the two domains of research are explored. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).