Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Leadership Research and Practice: Competing Conceptions of Theory

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_250

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Introduction

A specialized knowledge base is a prerequisite for human enterprises to be considered professions and for the individuals associated with particular professions to be called professionals. Professionals are presumed to know things – and, consequently, be able to do things – that ordinary people do not know and are unable to do. So, if we need someone to design a bridge, we turn to an engineer who has scientific knowledge applicable to bridge building, and if we require surgery, we go to a physician steeped in the findings of medical science.

It is hardly surprising, therefore, that those involved with the enterprise of education have expected social scientists to generate specialized knowledge about various aspects of educational practice. Once generated, such knowledge presumably can be disseminated in university programs designed to transform ordinary individuals into teachers,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA