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New Foundations for Knowledge in Educational Administration, Policy, and Politics: Science and Sensationalism


reviewed by Jean A. Patterson ó March 05, 2007

coverTitle: New Foundations for Knowledge in Educational Administration, Policy, and Politics: Science and Sensationalism
Author(s): Douglas E. Mitchell (Ed.)
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805854320 , Pages: 288, Year: 2006
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In this edited book, Douglas Mitchell and his esteemed contributors have undertaken an ambitious task in attempting to address the enduring topic of what counts as knowledge in educational administration, policy, and politics. The book’s chapters address fundamental questions and tensions that have arisen in recent years with the explosion of theoretical frameworks and research methodologies. A number of issues and tensions tend to recur throughout the book. One is the belief that the state of knowledge in the field of educational administration is in trouble due to a fragmented and weak knowledge base. In addition to issues related to knowledge claims, another is the need to make scholarship in the discipline more relevant to practitioners, policymakers, and the public. Additionally, in this age of theoretical and methodological proliferation, assessing the quality and rigor of research studies is more difficult. Applying objective standards of verification are not always appropriate, yet... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 05, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13744, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 1:20:16 AM

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  • Jean Patterson
    Wichita State University
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    JEAN A. PATTERSON is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Her research interests include the study of complex organizations and service delivery systems, educational policy, race, class, gender, and qualitative methodology. She is currently conducting an oral history of an African American school in Kansas that closed in 1958 in the wake of Brown v BOE.
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