Field of Educational Administration and Its Coevolving Epistemologies
The theory and practice of educational administration and management have been arenas of competing intellectual traditions. Related literature elaborates on the strength and weaknesses of various research methods and practices, the corresponding epistemologies and, ultimately, the underlying philosophies of science. This entry opens with a historiography of administration and management studies and the question of whether educational administration and management constitutes a field of study in itself, and, if this is indeed the case, what could possibly be the field’s conditio sine qua non. It is suggested that it has been the very coexistence and coevolution of contentious administrative practices and theories that give way to the field, which continues to be withstood by a tension between scholarly pluralism and an intuitive/instinctive (hence, categorically irrational)...
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