ERIC Number: ED428215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
The Purpose and Place of HRD: Some Perspectives on the Field.
This document contains five papers from a symposium on the purpose and place of human resource development (HRD). "An Introduction to a Debate on the Foundations of the Field: The Purpose and Place of HRD" (Robert W. Rowden) introduces issues related to workplace learning, which both adult education and HRD claim as an area of practice. "The Purpose of HRD Is to Improve Performance" (Richard A. Swanson, David E. Arnold) argues for improved performance at organization, work process, and/or individual contributor levels. "The Development of the Individual Leads to More Productive Workplaces" (Laura L. Bierema) presents a case for holistic employee development by reviewing the context of learning and development in the workplace, exploring the present crisis in individual development in organizational life, and presenting a framework for individual and organizational development. "HRD as Evolutionary System: From Pyramid-Building to Space-Walking and Beyond" (Verna J. Willis) proposes that accepting the model of HRD as an evolutionary system with an incumbent professional identity changes the rules for professional practice, field description, and field theory development. "To Earn or to Learn? The Meaning of Workplace Learning in HRD" (John M. Dirkx) argues for the "educative workplace" and the democratic ideal as a conceptual context in which to frame and guide HRD practice in the new and emerging workplaces. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference Proceedings (Atlanta, Georgia, March 6-9, 1997); see CE 078 221.