Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Theory Movement, in Educational Administration
Lance D. Fusarelli
The theory movement in educational administration began shortly after World War II, with the emergence of educational administration as an established academic discipline. The creation of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) in 1947 and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in 1956, led by Daniel Griffiths, Jack Culbertson, and Paula Silver, spurred the emergence of the theory movement in educational administration. The theory movement reflected the belief that educational administration consisted of more than a loose collection of individual, anecdotal experiences—more than a mere collection of “war stories” told and retold by retired school administrators. Beginning in the 1950s, superintendents and other school leaders were being trained to be applied social scientists. Coursework in educational administration was thoroughly infused with theories and concepts borrowed from the social and ...