ERIC Number: ED344506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Theory In Practice: Increasing Professional Effectiveness. A Joint Publication in The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series and the Jossey-Bass Management Series.
Argyris, Chris; Schon, Donald A.
This book presents an approach to professional education and higher education institutional reform based on teaching and research in organizational behavior and professional effectiveness. The work presents a theory of action that aims to enhance human activity, responsibility, self-actualization, learning, and effectiveness. In the first of three sections, chapters 1 and 2, "Theories of Action," and "Evaluating Theories of Action," present several theories-in-use and provide a conceptual framework for evaluating them. In the second section, which concerns action, chapters 3 through 7 relate specific theories-in-use to effectiveness and learning in human interaction. Their titles are "Diagnosing Theories-in-Use,""Model I,""Model II" (a model of theories-in-use that is free of the dysfunctionalities of Model I), "Transition from Model I to Model II," and "Learning Model-II Behavior." The final section, on practice, indicates how the theories developed here can be used to reform professional education. It contains three chapters: "Issues in Professional Education,""Implications for Professional Competence and Practice," and "Redesigning Professional Education." Included are notes, an index and 51 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Educational Change, Higher Education, Industrial Psychology, Institutional Administration, Models, Organizational Change, Organizational Effectiveness, Productivity, Professional Education, Theories, Theory Practice Relationship
Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 ($18.00 paperback--ISBN-1-55542-446-5).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED565615