Advancing the Intellectual Development of the Field

Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)


How and why human beings go about thinking, doing, and talking within and for activity is as old as time and remains core to research conceptualizations and fieldwork designs underpinned by a range of ontological and epistemological positions. The field of educational administration is no exception, and where primary research draws on discipline-located knowledge production from within the social sciences and humanities, where descriptions, meanings, and explanation have been enabled through sociology, history, political studies, economics, philosophy, etc., to name just a few. However, that the field is in difficulty is recognized, with many millions of words already invested in scoping the intellectual limitations of field projects and outputs. Scott Eacott has entered this situation through presenting and positioning relationality as a theory and methodology and a specific contribution. In this particular think piece, I examine the importance of Eacott’s contribution where I confront and consider the contribution of socially critical research.


Eacott Knowledge production Educational administration Educational leadership Intellectual fields 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterEngland

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