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The development of Richard Bates's critical theory in educational administration


Park, SH, The development of Richard Bates's critical theory in educational administration, Journal of Educational Administration, 37, (4) pp. 367-388. ISSN 0957-8234 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/09578239910285598


For nearly two decades, in the field of educational administration, Bates's critical theory has been one of the most vigorous challenges to the value neutral approach of traditional theories. He has been a key voice claiming that such theories are ideological and mainly concerned with protecting vested interests and class divisions in society. Despite their theoretical endurance and practical implications, the main ideas advocated by Bates's critical theory have not been examined seriously in the field. This paper analyses the main ideas of Bates's critical social theory in three ways. First, the major intellectual influences that shaped Bates's theory are examined. Second, those areas where Bates and Greenfield shared similar views yet took different approaches are considered. Finally, the main arguments that critics raised against Bates are examined and evaluated. © 1999, MCB UP Limited

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Park, SH (Mr Sun Hyung Park)
ID Code:16717
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-06-22

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