ERIC Number: ED283251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Thinking about Educational Administration. Study Guide 2.
Deakin Univ., Victoria (Australia).
This book is the second in a set of three study guides designed to help students of educational administration critically analyze contemporary theory in the field, examine the field from a new viewpoint, and develop their own, more practical knowledge base. The first of the book's three sections, by Gerry England, discusses three ways of thinking about educational administration. These three approaches parallel the traditional positivist, the phenomenological, and the critical traditions in social science. They can be identified as technical rationality (drawing on empirical-analytical science), practical rationality (based on hermeneutic-interpretive science), and critical practice (related to critical-dialectical science). The second section, by Peter Watkins, examines how educational administration became a technique of control rather than emancipation through the transfer of scientific management practices and ideologies from the arena of industrial management to that of school management. The problems caused by the dominance of this approach are reviewed. The third section, by John Codd, focuses on conceptualizing educational administration as the administering of education rather than as the organizational management of the school as an institution. Readings and activities for improved understanding are recommended, and over 100 references are cited. (PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Administrators, Educational Administration, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Organizational Theories, Scientific Attitudes, Scientific Methodology, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Sales, Deakin University Press, Deakin University, Victoria 3217, Australia ($8.50 Australian; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Victoria (Australia).
Note: One of three study guides (see EA 019 469-471) prepared as course material for "Introduction to Educational Administration" (Course EED-431).