The Inescapable Connection Between Theory and Practice

  • Richard Niesche
  • Christina Gowlett
Part of the Educational Leadership Theory book series (ELT)


In this final chapter, we bring together a number of themes from previous chapters and provide some comments and thoughts regarding the relationship of these ideas to each other. We also take some space to explore the role of theory in education and educational leadership research along with some critiques and criticisms of the ideas presented throughout the book. In particular, we respond to some critiques levelled at postmodernism and some of the problems we see with these characterisations. That is not to say some critiques have not made important points and contributions, but rather to identify sometimes broad and general dismissal of these ideas under the umbrella term of postmodernism. We respond to these and highlight both the importance of our position and some ways forward for future research


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Niesche
    • 1
  • Christina Gowlett
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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