ERIC Number: ED378679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Theory and Practice of Leadership: Students' Perspectives.
O'Keefe, Joseph M.
In fall 1993, 13 graduate students at Boston College (Massachusetts) completed a seminar entitled Administrative Theory and Leadership. This paper examines the students' perspectives on the interplay between theories of educational leadership and the narratives of practicing administrators. As part of their assigned coursework, each of the students conducted interviews with two practicing administrators about their definitions of the terms "leadership,""administration," and "management." A total of 24 interviews, the work of 12 students, were reviewed. The narrative analysis indicated that the practicing administrators viewed leadership and administration as different concepts; they recognized the existence of a chasm between rhetoric and reality, particularly in the domain of ethics; and they expressed skepticism about the usefulness of administrative theories. It is concluded that administrative theories and knowledge need to consider the institutional context in which they exist. Programs of administrator education need to include a "pedagogy of possibility," which starts with field work and student-faculty learning. Contains 46 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (48th, Indian Wells, CA, August 9-13, 1994).