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A National Look At Postmodernmism\ S Pros And Cons In Educational Leadership

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William Allan Kritsonis, PhD …

William Allan Kritsonis, PhD

PhD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1976
M.Ed. Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, 1971
B.A. Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, 1981
Doctor of Humane Letters, School of Graduate Studies, Southern Christian University

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  • My takeaway from this paper-

    Theory is temporary, in context and at the root of practice (English 2003). The context in which educational theories are created reveal underlying social cultural bias because theories arise from language which is itself a tool for constructing and reinforcing the prevailing culture.

    Many educational theories are prescriptive and remove personalisation, autonomy and choice. This pattern reflects the prevailing culture until recently...

    Theories of education need to be recognised as temporary (contextual) and not at all absolute.

    Diversity and difference are necessary to address the changing needs of institutions, staff, learners.

    Leaders need to go beyond the boundaries of any theory into new territory-research needs to traverse here too in order to contribute more usefully to the field of learning in practice.

    Postmodernism (itself a theory) views the knower/known/process as one because consciousness cannot be separated from that which is observed. Therefore belief influences educational theory research. I resonate with that observation, it sits with my belief about beliefs! In contrast modernism separates each of the above in preference for objectivity-yet the scientist influences the resulting evidence through their understanding and reporting of the facts. I might add who pays the money?

    Postmodernism expounds that everything is open to question there is no one right way, no absolute truth. Closed systems are tyrannical.

    Educational theories are not scientific nor administered that way-do they need to be?

    Business theory is not appropriate for education administration and actually damaging.
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  • 1. The Lamar University Electronic Journal of Student Research Summer 2007 A National Look at Postmodernism’s Pros and Cons in Educational Leadership Rhodena Townsell PhD Student in Educational Leadership The Whitlowe R. Green College of Education Prairie View A & M University Principal Madisonville Elementary School Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District Madisonville, Texas William Allan Kritsonis, PhD Professor and Faculty Mentor PhD Program in Educational Leadership Prairie View A&M University Member of the Texas A&M University System Visiting Lecturer (2005) Oxford Round Table Universit