Differentiating the scholarly identity of educational administration: An epistemological comparison of two neighbouring fields of study

Izhar Oplatka

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to sharpen the intellectual identity of the field of educational administration (EA) and to understand its scholarly boundaries by comparing between the writings of this field and those of the field of organisational behaviour (OB), an area of study usually located in faculties of management, and share many commonalities with EA. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative content analysis of textbooks and journal papers in OB and EA, reading of previous writings that revolved around the epistemological dimensions of these fields. Findings: The author sheds light on the theoretical and empirical distinctions of OB and EA historically and provides insight into the distinctive intellectual identity of the latter field during the 2000s. A special attention is given to paradigms and theories in EA imported to the field from outside and transformed in a way that specify the unique identity of EA in the academic world. Originality/value: This comparison is warranted in order to clarify more profoundly the unique contributions of EA, both theoretically and practically, to emphasise the differences that separate it from other disciplines, and to legitimate its independent position in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-136
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Educational Administration
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Educational administration
  • Epistemology
  • Fields of study
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Organizational theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Administration

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