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ERIC Number: EJ827791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 118
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
The Field of Educational Administration: A Historical Overview of Scholarly Attempts to Recognize Epistemological Identities, Meanings and Boundaries from the 1960s Onwards
Oplatka, Izhar
Journal of Educational Administration, v47 n1 p8-35 2009
Purpose: Based on journal articles that focused on epistemological issues in the field (e.g. the field's nature, purposes, borders, knowledge base, uniqueness, etc.), this paper seeks to outline the intellectual discussions in the field of educational administration (EA) since the foundation of its major journals and suggest some lessons for the state of the field at the present time. Design/methodology/approach: The review is based on all papers, scholarly, historical or empirical, that observed philosophical, epistemological and methodological issues and concerns in this field. The papers were analyzed and coded by their purposes, arguments, epistemological questions, criticism, findings and insights. Practical implications: The major concluding epistemological message of this historical account is of "recycling," i.e. the field is typically embedded with debates over similar ideas, assumptions, and insights about EA as a field of study throughout the last five decades. Therefore, it is a time for radical changes in the understanding of the field's intellectual missions and boundaries. Originality/value: The historical overview is likely both to acquaint one with the historical scholarly streams, trends and debates in knowledge development of EA as a field of study, and help international field members understand and mould their professional identity. (Contains 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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