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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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193 Sources 1 EAQ is Educational Administration Quarterly whose editors are located in the USA. JEA is Journal of Educational Administration whose editor is located in Australia. EMAL is Educational Management, Administration and Leadership whose editor is located in England. 2 SLM is School Leadership and Management whose editor is located in the UK. LPS is Leadership and Policy in School whose editors are from the US and Canada during the writing of this book. IJLE is International Journal of Leadership in Education whose editor is located in the US but which is very internationally oriented, and IJEM is International Journal of Educational Management whose editor is from the UK, but it is also very internationally oriented. 3 Case, C.W., & Larson, R.L. (1973). Future cognition and educational leadership. JEA, 11(2), 22-30. 4 Harman, G.S. (1970). The politics of education in Australia. JEA, 8(1), 2-10. 5 Marden, R.H. (1965). The politics of education. EAQ, 1(20), 54-76. 6 Ewing, J.L. (1970). The control of education in New Zealand: Centrality with minimal recourse to party politics. JEA, 8(1), 41-52. 7 Bresnick, D. (1974). Cyclical renewal in a large city school district-decentralisation and the policy process. EAQ, 10(2), 19-34. 8 Smith, K.R. (1969). The validation of a morale measuring instrument. JEA, 7(1), 127- 136. 9 Campbell, W.J. (1965). School size: Its influence on pupils. JEA, 3(1), 3-17. 10 Smithson, A. (1977). Secondary school size: A continuing conundrum for administra- tors and planners. JEA, 15(2), 264-278. 11...

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