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ERIC Number: ED434919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 25
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The Center Cannot Hold: Toward a Notion of Plurality in Educational Research.
Miron, Louis F.
Elliot Eisner has sketched the outlines of the move toward plurality in educational research in an essay that embraces, perhaps unintentionally, a postmodern orientation that has the potential to disrupt the historically monolithic character of educational research. Eisner's discussion is expanded to suggest that qualitative research in educational leadership and school administration also is not monolithic. Researchers in school administration now embrace a plurality of methodological approaches, and this move toward pluralism, away from methodological meta-narratives, is a healthy one. The first part of this essay traces the recent history of scholarship in educational research as it moves away from modernity. The second part analyzes the epistemological shifts in the research"problem" in school administration. The use of educational images may be more appropriate to capture the range of nuanced understandings in educational research, and the arts seem to hold exceptionally strong promise to capture the nonscientific dimensions. The ultimate need is for a conception of aesthetics in both research and practice. Metaphorical language is well-suited for communicating research into educational school administration and educational leadership. (Contains 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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