The Humanities and Educational Administration: Rationales and Recommendations

ROBIN H. FARQUHAR (Associate Director, University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, Ohio. He holds the degrees of B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (University of British Columbia) and Ph.D. (University of Chicago). Dr. Farquhar has contributed to numerous educational journals. He is also co‐editor of and a contributor to Educational Administration: Social Science Perspectives to be published in early 1970 by Charles E. Merrill.)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Publication date: 1 February 1968


In recent years, concern has been expressed that emphasis upon scientific and technological progress may have resulted in the relative neglect of the humanities, both in societal culture generally and in preparation for positions of social leadership. At present, the role of the humanities in educational administration preparatory programs is, by and large, negligible. A review of the literature suggests that there are at least three rationales which would support the introduction of humanities content into such programs: (1) to generally “liberalize” the student through broad exposure to humanistic content; (2) to train the administrator in purpose definition and value sensitivity through focused reading of philosophy and literature; and (3) to develop creative capacities in the prospective leader through the study of literature and other arts. It is recommended that attempts should be made to incorporate humanities content into preparatory programs in educational administration, that initial efforts should stress the latter two of the three above rationales, and that the endeavor should be undertaken in a preparatory institution by a three‐man team consisting of a humanities scholar, a professor of educational administration, and a school administrator.


FARQUHAR, R. (1968), "The Humanities and Educational Administration: Rationales and Recommendations", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 97-115.

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