Will Evers and Lakomski be able to find leadership's Holy Grail?

Beycioglu K.

KEDI JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL POLICY, vol.9, no.2, pp.349-362, 2012 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-362
  • Keywords: educational administration, educational leadership, Evers & Lakomski, theory development, naturalistic coherentism
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


In this paper I intend to have a critical look at the theory development issues in the field of educational administration and leadership with a special emphasis on Cohn Evers and Gabriel Lakomski's naturalistic direction. As Evers and Lakomski state, the traditional science of educational administration, namely logical empiricist models of the past, have come to cause alternatives such as subjectivism and critical theory. Naturalistic coherentism is one of the post traditional approaches in the field of educational leadership. Reducing the philosophy/epistemology of the humane science of educational administration and leadership to natural science is the main criticism that naturalism has encountered. Although Evers and Lakomski insist that modern cognitive science has expanded our ability to understand human practice, the field of educational administration and leadership needs more than they supposed.