ERIC Number: EJ938433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Values in Educational Administration: Them's Fighting Words!
Richmon, Malcolm J.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v7 n4 p339-356 2004
This article critically surveys scholarly themes relating to the study of values in educational administration and their implications for administrative practice. It is suggested that values perspectives for school leaders emerged largely in response to the determinism of the Theory Movement, particularly the emphases on individuals as the primary analytic unit for values inquiry and the general biases toward one form or another of value relativism. Much of the discussion focuses on the highly influential work of Christopher Hodgkinson and possible conceptual and practical difficulties that may arise in adopting his well-known analytic model of the value concept. The article concludes by promoting a more modernized understanding of the role of values in administrative inquiry and practice, and offers suggestions which may direct future research efforts to better address substantive conceptual problems presently found in the related literature. (Contains 10 notes.)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Values, Administrator Education, World Views, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Research, Context Effect, Sociocultural Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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