The Employment of Philosophical Analysis to Supplement Administrative Theory and Research

EARLE F. ZEIGLER (Executive Officer, Graduate Department of Physical Education, University of Illinois. A graduate of Bates College (A.B.) and Yale University (M.A, Ph.D.), Professor Zeigler has been a lecturer at Yale and the Universities of Western Ontario and Michigan. A prolific writer, Professor Zeigler is the author of six major publications, including A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (1965), Physical Education: Progressivism or Essentialism? (1966) and Problems in the History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (1968). Professor Zeigler is a Fellow of The American Academy of Physical Education.)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Publication date: 1 February 1968


Sound administrative theory and research may ultimately provide the knowledge whereby administrative leaders in education can function most effectively. Such knowledge will never tell us, however, whether it is desirable to take a particular administrative action in any society at any time. Thus, an administrator should understand his personal philosophical foundations and value system, and do his best to construct a philosophical position that is as consistent and logical as possible. Five such positions, reconstructionism, experimentalism, idealism, realism, and existentialism, can serve as guidelines. Each position, whether it is basically progressivistic or essentialistic, has a reasonably distinct approach to the nature of reality, educational aims and objectives, and the educative process. The development of language analysis as philosophy's most important contribution to man is discussed briefly. A self‐evaluation check list has been developed, which may be employed by an administrator to assess his present philosophy of educational administration.


ZEIGLER, E. (1968), "The Employment of Philosophical Analysis to Supplement Administrative Theory and Research", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 132-151.

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