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The Legacy of Educational Administration

A Historical Analysis of an Academic Field

Izhar Oplatka

In light of attempts to trace the philosophical and historical foundations of educational administration as an academic field of study that is concerned with the management and operation of educational organisations, this book aims at reviewing important epistemological developments in this field since the early 1960s. Specifically, the author poses several questions, such as what counts as the field of educational administration and what is this field in each decade since the early 1960s? What is the knowledge base of educational administration? What is its unique identity? And what are the types of publications and the methodological tools used throughout the years by the field’s members? Based on a qualitative content analysis of the field’s various academic journals since the appearance of the first journal, the author identifies six legacies – empirical, practical, evaluative, training, ideological and critical that the field leaves behind in our time.


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Chapter Six: Leadership, leadership and more leadership 141


141 Chapter Six: Leadership, leadership and more leadership The dominance of globalisation, i.e., the great influence of international organi- sations on economic, social, technological and cultural phenomena, on one hand, and increasing pluralism and multiculturalism along with growing achievement, economic and social gaps, on the other hand, is of considerable significance in the field in the 2000s. Within this context, increased attention is given by govern- ments to reviewing educational policy, practice and research, to the need for ef- fective leadership development for school improvement, and to fostering equity in schools (Honig & Seashore-Louis, 2007; Mulford, 2005). The establishment of the National College for School Leadership in England and in some other countries seems to be one result of these processes. Interestingly, with many more journals published under titles of leadership, management, administration and education, the field has become more diversi- fied and colourful. Another journal was added to the field – LPS at the beginning of this decade. But, at the same time, the field has also grown to be more focused around similar central areas and interests and types of work. Thus, despite the enormous internationalisation of the field, expressed by a host of papers written by scholars and researchers from all over the world,229 the authorship patterns and the type of works are common to all journals, national and international. As far as the authorship patterns are concerned, there is a continuous growth in the number of papers written by two or three authors, an entirely different si-...

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