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ERIC Number: EJ800328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
The Field of Educational Management: Some Intellectual Insights from the 2007 BELMAS National Conference
Oplatka, Izhar
Management in Education, v22 n3 p4-10 2008
Historical accounts of the field of educational management (EM) have seen the last quarter of the nineteenth century as the beginning of EM as a profession and later on as a field of study in American universities. The search for efficiency in education in those days encouraged many American educators to participate in administrator preparation programmes, leading in later years to the institutionalisation of EM programmes and academic departments. Several decades later, EM as a field of study was "exported" from the US to other countries, including the UK, where a new professional organisation was founded, named the British Educational Administration Society. This extension of the field, nevertheless, was accompanied by polarisation of areas of study, subfields, methodologies and paradigms, resulting in scholarly debates over the field's uncertain intellectual boundaries, vague purposes and fragmented knowledge which continues to this day. In line with a stream of writings, the author reflects systematically in this article on papers presented at the 2007 Annual Conference of BELMAS to understand the sorts of works it contained in terms of topics addressed and types of papers, as well as authorship patterns of the presenters. A brief outline of the conference is given to provide the context and atmosphere in which the presentations took place. (Contains 7 notes and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States