Educational administration research: Part of the solution or part of the problem?

Year: 1994

Author: McGinty, Sue, Kell, Peter

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper examines issues in educational administration research in the context of restructuring, corporate managerialism and the increasing tendency to develop universal measurement-driven research to represent the work of administrators.

The paper looks at the implications of a trend towards instrumental research which legitimates system imperatives and contextualises this trend with the development of the Master of Education subject School Administration Practicum at James Cook University of North Queensland. The paper examines and analyses the development of this unit in which small-scale research emphasises a participant-driven action research framework for administrative practice. The paper describes the development of several workplace research projects which contributed to the development of a more participative administrative practice.

The paper also describes several interesting developments in teaching, such as school site tutorials with students. These have important implications for future delivery of postgraduate and professional development for educational administrators.