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Theory in educational administration: naturalistic directions

Colin W. Evers (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,)
Gabriele Lakomski (University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 December 2001


Provides an overview of a rather large research program, developed over the last 15 years, that seeks to offer a new perspective on the nature of theory and practice in educational administration. The core ideas of the program, together with a considerable amount of detail, can be found in three books by Evers and Lakomski. However, because these volumes stand in a developmental sequence, there is merit in presenting in a brief compass an account of our overall strategy, especially in relation to the nature of administrative theory, and some of the conclusions reached along the way. The discussion has two main parts. First, the central theoretical features of our program are outlined, indicating some earlier results flowing from their application to various debates in educational administration. Then, some examples are offered focused on the main concern of our most recent research – developing and applying this framework to a cluster of problems about administrative practice and the nature of practical knowledge.



Evers, C.W. and Lakomski, G. (2001), "Theory in educational administration: naturalistic directions", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 39 No. 6, pp. 499-520.




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