ERIC Number: ED431220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Postmodern Educational Leadership Research as a Leadership Substitute: Apology, 23d.
Bogotch, Ira E.
This paper discusses how postmodern ideas might be used to change the nature and the practice of educational-leadership research. It draws on a series of fragmented vignettes to argue that a postmodern approach can uncover the gray areas of scholarship. The article examines the use of the word "oxymoron," discusses the nature of refined thought, and explores the influence of autobiography during the process of research and writing. It details the six postmodern signposts: (1) the "don't know" responses that are rigorously edited out of texts; (2) the significance of contexts and their importance in understanding instructional leadership; (3) the need for learning in a community with no preassigned roles or areas of expertise; (4) the recognition that some rules need to be broken so as to recapture knowledge that is lost in standard protocols; (5) the sharing of data and the need to democratize knowledge, accomplished in part by minimizing the privileges accorded to the researcher and author; and (6) the presence of multiple realities, discourses, and moralities that everyone brings to their role in education. The text concludes with a discussion of what constitutes a postmodernist analysis, claiming that it is a lived philosophy based on epistemological and ontological assumptions. Contains 35 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).