Both the Positivistic Theory and the Critical Theory have complex pasts with intentions to inquire within the field of educational administration
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Both the Positivistic Theory and the Critical Theory have complex pasts with intentions to inquire within the field of educational administration. The Positivistic theory consists of the idea that the true nature of science is to discover truth and enable prediction and control. This theory can be seen sometimes as harsh and unrealistic. This theory differs from the critical theory in that while the critical theory consists of social factors, the Positivistic relies on facts such as testing.Unintended consequences included vigorous standards and over testing. The critical theory which developed in the middle of the nineteenth century focuses on educational problems and their role in social, political, cultural, and economic patterns. It differs from the rational reality points by breaking away from strictly facts and looks into social understanding. The unintended consequences of this theory is the problem of remaining adaptable in continuously changing societies. Reference Razik, T. A. & Swanson, A. D. (2001). Fundamental Concepts of Educational Leadership (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.