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ERIC Number: ED454604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Positivistic Educational Administration Research, Theory, and Practice.
Peca, Kathy
Logical positivism, or logical empiricism, emphasizes rationality, especially preferring the verification of facts over speculation. This report clearly places traditional research methodology in education in the arena of logical positivism. Since reality is seen as ordered and objective, assumptions are made about people and the gathering of data. Human behavior is rational, and problems can be solved rationally. The regularities of human behavior will result in laws of human behavior. Data can be gathered without altering the organization being studied. Organizations are seen as basically similar whether they are schools, businesses, political organizations, or health-care organizations. The role of administration will also be similar. Any administrator maintains order through rewards and sanctions for the purpose of attaining organizational goals. Many sources are cited as currently advocating positivistic theory, including textbooks for educational administration. (Contains 28 references.) (RKJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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