ERIC Number: ED298624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How Well Does the "Handbook" Fulfill Its Historical Mission?
Campbell, Roald F.
The "Handbook," a review designed to present the best of educational administration research from the 1950s to the 1980s, is examined to determine how reasonable it was to limit the coverage to these 30 years, how well the publication covered the major topics during the chosen time frame, and how well it included the major contributors in the field. The limits placed upon the time scope of the "Handbook" are dealt with in terms of the major researchers and theories that are left out, but which had definite impact upon current thinking. How well the review covers the 30-year period is examined next. Comparison is made between the recognized theories in the field and those included in this work. This cross-check is accomplished in several ways; the determination is made that the latter years of the period are covered well, but the earlier years show some lack of coverage. Morever, an examination of the contributors, who number 102, reveals that several important researchers are missing, while several less well-established professionals are included. Lists are appended with names of the 43 major contributors and the 50 recommended experts in the field. References are included. (LMS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).