The Postmodern Challenge to the Theory and Practice of Educational Administration

Fenwick W. English

Published by Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd, 2003
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Synopsis: Based on nearly a decade of scholarship, this is a highly focused book on the implications of postmodernism for the construction and assessment of theory and practice in educational administration. Current ideas of practice are deconstructed, from the notions of sound research to the use of national standards in the preparation of educational leaders along with ways of examining and resolving the theory-practice gap. Part One of the book contains chapters dealing with the rise of postmodernism and describes its broad-based dissent from a century of thought in the field, including a penetrating examination of whether the concept of a field itself is viable. Part Two of the book explores the many ramifications of postmodernism to practice, beginning with ideas concerning educational research. These chapters tackle the tough issues of the efficacy of the Interstate Leaders Licensure Standards (ISLLC) and the national exam as examples of job deskilling and deprofessionalization in the guise of raising standards of preparation of future educational leaders. Other chapters deal with deconstructing the popular managerial ideas contained in Stephen Covey's works and dispute Joe Murphy's call for a new center of gravity in the field as reinforcing the status quo. Finally, the book tackles the issue of the theory-practice gap and indicates that new and progressive theories which anticipate problems of practice are what is required to deal with this persistent issue. The book contains many helpful exhibits in understanding the issues concerning theory and practice, as well as a glossary of terms most commonly found in postmodern discourse. This book is designed for college and university programs engaged in the preparation of educational leaders for elementary/secondary schools and college administrative positions.

About the Author: Fenwick W. English is the R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held professorships at Lehigh University; the University of Cincinnati; the University of Kentucky; Iowa State University; and Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Since moving to higher education in 1984, he has served in the capacities of department chair, dean, and vice-chancellor of academic affairs.

Dr. English's K-12 experience includes a classroom teacher in the Los Angeles City Schools; an assistant principal in La Canada, California, and a middle school principal in Temple City, California where he was a major creator of the Temple City Differentiated Staffing Project (1965-1970) under the direction of the late M. John Rand. After receiving his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1972, he served as an assistant superintendent of schools in Sarasota County, Florida, and twice superintendent of schools in New York State (Hastings-on-Hudson and Northport-East Northport on Long Island). In between stints as superintendent, he served as an Associate Executive Director of the National Center for the Improvement of Learning (NCIL) of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in Arlington, Virginia, and as a partner and practice director of elementary and secondary education for North America in the consulting and accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Washington, D.C. For his national in-service work with administrative practitioners, he was named a Distinguished Professor of the National Academy of School Executives (NASE) of AASA in 1973 and an Outstanding Consultant from ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) in 1981. He was cited by Executive Educator magazine as one of the nation's top six educational consultants in 1988. In 2001, he was elected to the Executive Commit- tee of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) for a three-year term. He is the author or co-author of 21 prior books in education. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Southern California. He is married to Betty E. Steffy. They reside in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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