ERIC Number: ED306662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Toward the Fifth Age: The Continuing Evolution of Academic Educational Administration.
Allison, Derek J.
This paper discusses the future of academic educational administration. Specifically, it: defines the difference between academic and practial interests in educational administration; traces the evolution of academic study in educational administration; discusses how each major stage in this evolution has led to increased sophistication and complexity within the academic realm but, at the same time, has tended to further distance study from practice; examines recently proposed reforms in academic educational administration; and considers an alternative that would accommodate the current press for greater practical and experiential training in administrator preparation programs without sacrificing the future promise of academic study. The paper concludes by advocating the preservation and extension of academic study of educational administration in the following ways: (1) the history and philosophy of academic and practical educational administration should be taught; (2) wider attempts to understand schools as unique social phenomena within the literature of organizational theory should be considered; (3) closer and more penetrating treatments of the nature of power and authority in organizational settings must be reviewed; and (4) specific attention should be given to the subjective reality of organizational life. (JAM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).