ERIC Number: EJ857089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Deutero-Learning: Implications for Managing Public Health Change
Rowe, Patricia A.; Boyce, Rosalie A.
Learning Organization, v16 n4 p298-310 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to apply an allied health subculture model to clarify key contextual factors that can emerge in the evolution of an allied health subculture as a consequence of deutero-learning. Design/methodology/approach: Two case studies are compared to illustrate these two extreme variations in deutero-learning. Findings: The first case--characterised by pathological deutero-learning--operated within the classical medical model. A learning pathology that developed in this situation was a fractured, divisive, self absorbed work culture. A second case--characterised by positive deutero-learning--operated within a divisional structure characterized by integrated decentralization. What was learned as a result of operating within this alternative organisational structure is that effective management of allied health recognizes two governance arenas: governance required for managing professionals and governing principles for delivering clinical services. Positive deutero-learning occurred in this situation rather than the reinforcement of existing learning pathologies. Research limitations/implications: There are clearly implications of the two structural models for self-fulfilling prophecies, interpersonal interaction, climate formation and learning pathologies. Practical implications: During a period of major reform differing outcomes in deutero-learning in these two cases emphasize the importance of the evolution of appropriate organisational structures in developing a leadership-driven learning process and creating an environment in which learning can occur. Originality/value: The added value of this application of deuteron learning is that it unpacks the nature of variations in deutoro learning that can emerge during a period of major reform in the evolution of an allied health subculture.
Descriptors: Subcultures, Allied Health Occupations Education, Public Health, Administrative Organization
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