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The History of Educational Administration Viewed through Its Textbooks


reviewed by Perry Rettig — 2004

coverTitle: The History of Educational Administration Viewed through Its Textbooks
Author(s): Thomas E. Glass, and co-authored by Robert Mason, William Eaton, James C. Parker, and Fred D. Carver
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham
ISBN: 1578860806, Pages: 176, Year: 2004
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The History of Educational Administration Viewed through Its Textbooks is a very concise book written for an audience that would include professors and researchers of educational administration. It should not be considered a textbook for graduate courses in educational leadership. In eight brief, yet adequate, chapters the five authors trace the historical trends of competing ideas in educational administration textbooks (from the 1840’s to 2000). By breaking the chapters into distinct eras of leadership thinking, Glass and colleagues are able to elucidate the competing approaches to administrative training over time. Each chapter briefly describes the historical context of a particular era and how educational administration textbooks mirrored societal views.   Chapter 1, written by Glass, “Introduction: A New Profession and a New Textbook Literature,” provides an introduction to the subject of the history of educational administration texts. He starts by listing three questions that frame the focus of the book (p. 1):   Can the history of educational administration be traced through its literature? What literature has been most influential in establishing norms... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1519-1521
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11299, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 5:06:49 PM

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  • Perry Rettig
    University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
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    PERRY RETTIG is a professor of educational leadership and administration at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has written articles and a book on school leadership. Previous to his work in higher education, he served as a public school principal.
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