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Something borrowed, something blue: reflections on theory borrowing in educational administration research

Izhak Berkovich (Department of Education and Psychology, The Open University of Israel, Raanana, Israel)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 8 September 2020

Issue publication date: 31 October 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The practice of theory borrowing from other research fields is common in interdisciplinary and applied research. Nevertheless, educational administration researchers seldom discuss this phenomenon and its complexities in depth.

Design/methodology/approach

This essay provides an overview of what has been written about the practice of theory borrowing.

Findings

After presenting the criticism on misusing theory borrowing, it outlines several recommendations to improve theory borrowing in education administration research by domesticating it through conceptual blending.

Originality/value

The purpose of this essay is to motivate educational administration scholars to reflect on the practice of theory borrowing. The guidelines offered here for promoting conceptual blending serve as a middle ground for mitigating a key problem of theory borrowing.

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Citation

Berkovich, I. (2020), "Something borrowed, something blue: reflections on theory borrowing in educational administration research", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 58 No. 6, pp. 749-760. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEA-03-2020-0058

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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