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ERIC Number: EJ846610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1534-4843
Do Organizations Learn? Some Implications for HRD of Bateson's Levels of Learning
Tosey, Paul; Mathison, Jane
Human Resource Development Review, v7 n1 p13-31 2008
This article explores and appraises Gregory Bateson's theory of "levels of learning" and its implications for Human Resource Development, with reference to issues of organizational learning. In Part One, after briefly reviewing Bateson's biography, the origins and contents of the theory are described. In Part Two, three particular features of the theory are explored, together with their implications for Human Resource Development: (i) The significance of the recursive relationship between the levels; (ii) It not being a stage theory of learning; "higher" levels of learning are neither superior to, nor necessarily more desirable than, lower levels; and (iii) Its emphasis on the notion of "context". In Part Three, the discussion emphasizes the holistic nature of Bateson's theory, in that the levels of learning combine cognitive, embodied, and aesthetic dimensions. Some limitations of the theory are reviewed and then concluded by considering its perspective on the question, "do organizations learn?" (Contains 13 notes, 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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